JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Police investigators and the coroner's office tonight are still trying to figure out why an SUV went off a Johns Island Road and into a creek, killing the three people inside.
Investigators say 50 year old Don Dent, 35 year old Mary Wesley Simmonds, and 38 year old Allyson Key drowned after Simmonds' vehicle went into Penny Creek early Thursday morning.
Police say the best friends apparently had just left St.. Johns Yacht Harbor marina when the deadly accident happened.
Simmonds' dog, also was in the SUV and died, according to investigators.
We have learned more about the victims.
Don Dent's family owns Southern Dredging on Johns Island.
Simmonds worked the West Ashley Veterinary Clinic on St. Andrews Boulevard.
She also was a bartender at the marina and a nanny, according to her Facebook page.
Key was a private duty nurse, according to her Facebook page.
A memorial was setup at the accident site.
It included flowers, candles and notes paying tribute to all three victims.
One note read "I love you Mary Wesley, always in my heart. We will miss you beautiful girl. Love you and will see you again."
Another note read "Our prayers are with ya'll."
Friends who are praying for the victims' families and also praying for some answers soon.