Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said a second victim from a weekend head-on crash caused by an accused drunk driver has died.
Sandra Kay Effler, 65 died at the hospital late Monday night, according to Fowler. Fowler said Effler had suffered multiple body trauma from the crash on Highway 110 Saturday night that killed her daughter.
Investigators said Tanya Jean Tiede, 43, died when her Dodge Intrepid was hit head-on by a Chevrolet Lumina being driven by 19-year-old Austin Shackleford.
Fowler said Tiede's husband 44-year-old Chris Tiede and 11-year-old daughter Hannah Tiede were also in the car during the crash and were taken to the hospital. As of Monday they were still being treated at Spartanburg Regional. Hannah was in the ICU with severe injuries, according to solicitor Barry Barnette.
Monday, 19-year-old accused drunk driver Austin Shackleford went before a Cherokee County magistrate where he was read the charges against him and denied bond.
Cherokee County deputies say Shackleford was driving under the influence on Highway 110 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he struck Tiede's car head-on.
According to the judge, his charges include one count felony DUI with death, three counts felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, three counts failure to stop for blue lights resulting in great bodily injury and an open container charge.
The solicitor's office said one of the charges for felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury will be upgraded to felony DUI with death.
During the hearing Shackleford expressed his condolences.
"I am sorry. I wish I could take her place. I wish I never jumped in that vehicle," Shackleford said.
Fowler said less than a minute before the crash, a Cherokee County deputy's dash cam caught Shackleford drive past at a high rate of speed.
According to deputies, the officer saw Shackleford's vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed, and he passed his marked patrol car, crossing a solid yellow line. The deputy put on his blue lights and followed after him, traveling about a mile where 50 seconds later he arrived at the crash scene, deputies said.
The coroner said Shackleford was taken to the hospital and released early Sunday morning, and was then taken into custody by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. While at the hospital solicitor Barry Barnette said Shackleford admitted to drinking, smoking marijuana and taking mushrooms before getting behind the wheel.
Tiede worked at the Spartanburg Housing Authority, where co-workers and residents are left in shock in wake of the wreck.
"She was the hardest working person you'd ever want to meet," said Valerie Forsberg, who worked with Tiede at SHA. "It's just so unfortunate this accident happened because she loved her job, residents loved her. I really don't know how we're going to pick up the pieces."
Forsberg said grief counselors were brought in Monday to help residents cope with the loss.
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