NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD)– The 9-year-old girl died from her injuries in a multi-car wreck involving a drunk driver Saturday night has been identified.
Da’Vieona Hamilton was a student at the Sanders-Cycle School community. The coroner says she died at MUSC.
On Monday, Principal Judy Beard released a statement saying:
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.
Six people were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina to be treated for their injuries sustained in the crash.
Just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, police responded to an accident involving several vehicles on interstate 26 and Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston.
According to police, the driver of a Nissan Frontier veered off the ramp toward Cosgrove Avenue, striking multiple vehicles, and sending them into the embankment of Cosgrove Avenue.
The drivers and passengers of three vehicles all denied medical treatment. The woman and two children inside a Chevrolet HHR were transported to MUSC. Two others in a separate vehicle were transported to the Roper Hospital, and were able to give officers a verbal statement.
Police say, a total of six cars were involved in the accident.
Sunday morning, police reported that a 9-year-old girl was killed in the collision.
Police confirmed the driver who caused the accident was driving under the influence of alcohol.The drunk driver is 56-year-old Dale E. Yarborough. He was the only person the the vehicle at the time of the crash. Yarborough was arrested on the scene and remains behind bars.
Yarborough is charged with felony DUI with death, one count of reckless homicide and three counts of felony DUI with great bodily injuries.
At the time of the crash, Yarborough was out of jail on bond after being arrested in September for Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature and Pointing a Firearm.
Through a background check, News 2 found Yarborough had been arrested 14 times in almost 30 years.
Teresa Wheeler, Yarborough’s long-time girlfriend, says despite his past, he is a loving and caring individual. She says he was a father-figure to her six children.
“He wants to die,” said Wheeler after she visited Yarborough in jail Sunday.
“He can’t live with this because he’s not a hurtful and harmful person,” she said.