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Driver charged in fatal Cherokee Co. crash

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Samantha Rhinehart (Cherokee Co. Detention Center) Samantha Rhinehart (Cherokee Co. Detention Center)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Gaffney woman was charged in connection with a crash in Cherokee County that killed her daughter Friday evening.

The single-vehicle crash happened at 7:57 p.m. near the intersection of Corinth and Smoke Ridge roads.

Troopers said 27-year-old Samantha Rhinehart and her six passengers were traveling west on Corinth Road when the pickup went off the right side of the road. They said Rhinehart over-corrected, went off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

Rhinehart and her passengers were transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment, troopers said. They said one of the passengers, identified by the Cherokee County Coroner's Office as 8-year-old Anna Rhinehart, succumbed to her injuries.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Anna Rhinehart was riding on the lap of a passenger and was thrown from the vehicle when it crashed.

Anna Rhinehart's 12-year-old sister Madison Rhinehart was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, she was not seriously injured. She told FOX Carolina the group was running late to see a movie.

"We were going down the road, she got up to 70 or 80 miles per hour and we told her to slow down but she said she didn't want us to miss our movie," said Madison Rhinehart.  

Madison Rhinehart said her sister, Anna Rhinehart, loved singing and dancing, as well as dressing up in heels and makeup. She says Anna Rhinehart was in the third grade and was sweet to everyone.

Cherokee County Detention Center officials said Samantha Rhinehart was also charged with felony driving under the influence causing death, two counts of felony driving under the influence causing great bodily injury and two counts of child endangerment. She was denied bond.

The state Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash, troopers said.

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