Arrest made in deadly wreck in Longs
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:06:50 GMT —
An arrest has been made in connection to a deadly wreck on Highway 90 near Highway 57 in Longs early Sunday morning, according to Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Austin Cedar, 20, of Little River is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $50,000 bail.
He faces a charge of Felony Driving Under the Influence with Death Results.
Collins said Cedar was released from the hospital this week and booked into the detention center on Wednesday.
The wreck happened last Sunday morning near North Myrtle Beach Christian School.
Officials said Cedar was driving a 1999 Toyota four door and was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
Corporal Sonny Collins said Cedar crossed over into the westbound lanes of Highway 90 and collided head on with the driver of a Chevy Cruze.
That driver was Crystal Grizzard, 27, of Little River who was pronounced dead on scene, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
This isn't Cedar's first run-in with the law.
WPDE NewsChannel 15 looked into his prior charges via Horry County online court records.
When Cedar was 17 in May of 2011, he was charged with first degree assault and battery and possession of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to both and was sentenced to 6 years suspended to 3 years probation and 30 days jail time.
In July 2011, Cedar was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, unlawful operation of an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to all of those charges as well.
And then again in October 2011, he was charged with careless operation of a vehicle and reckless driving. He pleaded guilty to both and paid fines.
We have requested the incident report in connection with last Sunday's wreck.
Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the investigative team is still reconstructing the incident and will have a full report in the next couple of weeks.
Grizzard was on her way to volunteer at a pancake fundraiser at Applebee's when she was killed. She leaves behind two children - a 6-year-old and a 3-month-old.