Candlelight vigil planned in memory of five killed in Darlington County crash

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A candlelight vigil is planned Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Darlington County Courthouse on the Square in memory of five members of the Rouse family that were killed last Friday night in a car crash on Rogers Road in Darlington County.

Darlington City Council woman Caroline Bruce and Salon 316 business are hosting the vigil.

Five people died, including two unborn babies, according to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee.

According to reports given to Hardee, one of the people in the car was in labor and being driven to the hospital.

The names of the victims are as follows:

  • Leonard Rouse, 52, of Darlington
  • Nakisha Rouse, 14, of Darlington
  • Chikari Douglas-Rouse, 28, of Hartsville
  • Baby Boy Douglas-Graham
  • The unborn child of Chikari Douglas-Rouse

One person was in critical condition and two children were airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Hardee said.

There were 11 people in the car.

This is the deadliest single-vehicle crash in Darlington County in more than 20 years, according to Hardee.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. The driver died at the scene.

Two passengers, also not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the car and taken to McLeod Hospital where they died from their injuries, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

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The Darlington County Coroner's Office and the SCHP M.A.I.T are investigating.

Many in the community said they plan to attend the candlelight vigil to show their support for the Rouse family.

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