CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of driving drunk and killing a nine-year old girl remembers driving, the crash and little else, according to an incident report.
Fifty-six year old Dale Yarborough is charged with reckless homicide and felony DUI in connection with Saturday's accident that killed Da'Vieona Hamilton in a six-car crash.
According to the incident report, witnesses said Yarborough was speeding on I-26 Eastbound and merged into the ramp at Cosgrove Avenue.
That's when North Charleston Police say Yarborough struck three vehicles.
The report states one of the other vehicles continued with momentum across Cosgrove Avenue and struck another vehicle head on.
Investigators say three vehicles then spun out of control and ended up in the embankment of Cosgrove Avenue. The report did not indicate in which vehicle the victim was a passenger.
The suspect, Yarborough was taken to MUSC where officers said he smelled strongly of alcohol and that his speech was slurred. He's also charged with three counts of felony DUI with great bodily injuries.
He is being held without bond at the Charleston County Detention Center.
Da'Vieona Hamilton was a student at Sanders Clyde Creative Arts School.
The Principal of Sanders-Clyde School released a statement about the loss of her student:
Da'Vieona Hamilton was a special part of our Sanders-Clyde School community, and her passing is extremely hard on all of us. Her classmates and friends, along with our staff, are grieving right now.
We hope everyone in the community is truly focused on praying for Da'Vieona's family. Their pain is unimaginable, so we will do whatever we can to support them.
Our school won't be able to see Da'Vieona's light in person anymore, and that hurts beyond compare. But we know her light is shining in a much better place now.
Thank you for your concern and well-wishes for her family.