MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A man has been charged after a fatal crash that killed two cousins from North Carolina Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach.
Two young girls were killed in the crash and several people were taken to area hospitals in the crash that shut down 17 Business near Pirateland Campground, according to emergency officials.
Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed Joseph Neil Dejean is charged with two counts of reckless homicide in connection to the car wreck.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said 11-year-old Dakota Shepherd of Timberlake, North Carolina, and her 9-year-old cousin, Skyler Emore, also of North Carolina, died on scene. Timberlake is located in Person County, north of Durham.
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“Dakota and Skyler were two very loving, energetic kids,” said next-door neighbor Tracy Campbell. “They were very outgoing and always outside playing, carrying on. They were just two loving little young ladies.”
She says the family was vacationing in Myrtle Beach for the week.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol website reports the crash occurred around 8 p.m. The Highway Patrol reports the crash was just before Pirateland, located at 5401 S Kings Hwy.
SCHP said three vehicles were involved in the crash. According to troopers, the driver of a Dodge mini-van attempted to turn into a private driveway and was struck by a Mercedes car.
The mini-van then struck a parked vehicle in a parking lot. Three people in the mini-van and the driver of the Mercedes were taken to Grand Strand Regional Hospital with injuries.
South Carolina State Highway Patrol’s MAIT team is investigating the crash.