SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A woman has been charged in an accident that killed three teenagers on Interstate 26 in Spartanburg County.
The call arrived around 2 a.m. Monday for a situation in Inman, according to the Spartanburg County Dispatch. A few minutes later, the accident was reported near Exit 15 of John Dodd Road.
The accident happened when the driver of a 2005 Hummer hit a Kia sedan head-on, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The driver of the Hummer left the scene and was arrested shortly after, officials said.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office said Elleana Lee Gaddis, Isabella Lee Gaddis, both 17, and Brianna Lynn Foster, 18, all of Fishers, Indiana, were killed during the ‘accident.
The Gaddis teens were twins, according to the coroner’s office.
Two other people were injured, including a 17-year-old, soldiers said.
Melissa Ann Parker, 43, has been charged with three counts of impaired driving with death, three counts of hit and run with death and one count of hit and run with bodily harm, according to the SCHP .
Parker was incarcerated in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.
I-26 East was stranded at the 14.5 mile mark.
Indiana Girls’ High School issued the following statement:
Dear families and HSE staff:
It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we inform you of the passing of two students from Hamilton Southeastern High School, Elleana and Isabella Gaddis, and former HSE graduate Brianna Foster. The young women were involved in a car accident.
We ask you to think of the family and friends of these people as they face this difficult and sudden loss.
HAMILTON SOUTH EAST SECONDARY SCHOOL