Rasheed Reeves in court (June 15, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Shykeria Watts (Courtesy: Facebook)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A judge has denied bond for a Clinton man who faces felony charges after a single-car crash on Interstate 26 claimed a teen girl's life.
Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened six miles south of Woodruff on the eastbound side of I-26, around 12:50 a.m. Sunday.
Troopers said Rasheed Reeves, 23, was driving drunk when his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria ran off the left side of the roadway, then veered back across the interstate and hit a guard rail on the right side.
Troopers said Reeves and a 16-year-old Greenwood girl were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car. Both were taken to the hospital where the girl later died.
The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Shykeria Lyle-Daja Watts of Cemetery Road. The coroner said Watts died just before 3 a.m. An autopsy and toxicology exams have been ordered.
A third person was in the car and was not hurt, troopers said.
Reeves was subsequently charged with felony driving under the influence with death or great bodily injury, troopers said.
Reeves appeared in court Sunday afternoon and was denied bond by a Spartanburg County magistrate.
Watts' family was in the courtroom during the hearing. When Watts' mother asked him about the crash, Reeves denied that he was driving the car.
"We were all at the club and she said she was going to drive us home," Reeves told the judge. "And sir, that's all I remember after that."
Watts' uncle Lee Watts said he does not know how his niece ended up in Spartanburg County and in the car with Reeves.
Troopers and the coroner continue to investigate the fatal crash.
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