Authorities identify 7-year-old boy killed in crash involving suspected drunk driver

46-year-old man to be charged, deputies say
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 9:42 AM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2022 at 5:34 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner’s office has identified a child who was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Hollywood.

Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal said 7-year-old Jaxon Bennett from Hollywood. Bennett died on Thursday early morning at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

O’Neal said Bennett suffered injuries from a crash that happened off of Highway 162.

The crash happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. when a Honda sedan crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Sedan at Highway 162 and Highway 164, Charleston County Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Knapp said. The five occupants of the Chevrolet were family members; four of them were children, Knapp said. The driver, 18, and two of the children suffered minor injuries. Another child’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

An incident report identifies the driver of the Honda as 46-year-old Herman Heyward of North Charleston. Heyward told deputies at the scene he had been at an Edisto Island bar prior to the accident and consumed several “wine cooler and Tequila Sun Rises,” investigators say.

The report states deputies reported several signs of impairment in Heyward including glassy eyes and slurred speech and that a blood sample was collected at the hospital and sent to the State Law Enforcement Division for testing.

An affidavit was completed for an arrest warrant for Heyward on a charge of felony driving under the influence, the report states.

Knapp said Heyward was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries and will be placed under arrest and charged when he is released from the hospital.

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