Cops: Upstate mom was on meth when crash killed 8-year-old

Samantha Rhinehart (Source: WYFF)
Samantha Rhinehart (Source: WYFF)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An 8-year-old is dead and her mother is charged with DUI after an Upstate wreck on Friday night, according to the coroner's office and law enforcement.

The Cherokee County coroner said Anna Rhinehart died on Saturday in the pediatric intensive care unit at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Her mother, 27-year-old Samantha Gail Rhinehart, is charged with felony DUI causing death, felony DUI causing great bodily injury and child endangerment.

Officials said Samantha Rhinehart was driving a 2001 Ford crew cab pickup truck when the wreck happened.

Coroner Dennis Fowler said the child was sitting unrestrained on the lap of a front-seat passenger and was ejected from the truck on impact.

Fowler said Anna was one of seven occupants in the truck when Rhinehart ran off the side of the roadway, over-corrected to the left, passed down an embankment and struck a tree.

During Rhinehart's bond hearing on Sunday, Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said she was driving 78 miles an hour and was under the influence of methamphetamine when her vehicle crashed.

Rhinehart was denied bond.

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