19-year-old charged in Rock Hill crash that killed two, injured multiple

19-year-old charged in Rock Hill crash that killed two, injured multiple
Justin Valdez (Source: Rock Hill Police Department)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - A 19-year-old is charged with reckless homicide in a crash that killed two people and injured four others in Rock Hill Saturday night.

The crash happened around 8:26 p.m. on Celanese Road near Woodcrest Circle.

Rock Hill police say 19-year-old Justin Valdez was driving a white Infiniti when he lost control, traveled into the opposite lane and struck a Chevrolet Equinox. Valdez’s vehicle was then hit by a Nissan Pathfinder.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 56-year-old woman, was taken to PMC where she was later pronounced dead. A passenger in the Chevrolet, 61-year-old Donald Hewetson, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Heweston died from his injuries Monday night.

The Rock Hill Herald reports the two killed were husband and wife.

A front passenger in Valdez’s vehicle, an 18-year-old woman, was seriously hurt. She’s in critical but stable condition.

Police say three people in the Nissan suffered minor injuries. Valdez was taken to Piedmont Medical Center with minor injuries. He was arrested and charged with reckless homicide after being released from the hospital. Vadlez is facing an additional charge of reckless homicide in Heweston’s death. Valdez is in custody and served with his warrant.

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