LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A baby will never meet her father after police said the man and his cousin were killed by a drunk driver in Lancaster.
Authorities said the Friday night crash left two people dead and two children hurt. Officers responded to the wreck just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Woodland and Meeting streets.
According to police, Quinton Harris, 34, was driving under the influence with two young children inside his SUV. He then ran a red light and hit another car, killing the two men inside it.
Lancaster County’s deputy coroner said Luis “Kiko” Hernandez-Gomez, 23, and Luis “Poncho” Gomez-Roman, 22, died at the scene.
The two children in Harris’s car were taken to the hospital and, as of Wednesday, they were still in the hospital in serious condition.
Gomez-Roman’s pregnant girlfriend spoke to Channel 9 on Wednesday about losing him.
“He was very loving,” she said. “Very, very loving.”
Harris was charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and child endangerment.
“I’m really numb of the whole situation. I just feel like it’s a big nightmare,” Gomez-Roman’s girlfriend said.
She said she still doesn’t feel like she has awakened from what feels like a horrible dream, but she wanted to fight for the two men who died.
“All of us just want justice for both of them,” she said.
“Our hearts go out to the families that lost their loved ones in such a tragic event due to the negligence and carelessness of one driver,” Interim Chief Phillip Hall said. “Any time a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, all lives are in jeopardy. Our goal at the Lancaster Police Department is to keep city roadways safe and to prevent things like this from happening. As always, if you see a vehicle operating in a manner that leads you to believe the driver may be impaired, please don’t hesitate to call 911. You may just save someone’s life.”
The Lancaster Police Department said this is the first fatal DUI wreck they have investigated in several years.
No other details have been released at this point.
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