Trooper gets ticket in fatal wreck with 88-year-old woman
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina trooper was issued a ticket for driving too fast for conditions after investigators determined he was driving 26 mph (42 kph) over the speed limit just before a fatal crash with an 88-year-old woman.
Both Trooper First Class C. J. Nicholls and the other driver, Marianne Eubanks, were found at fault for the Aug. 21 wreck in Spartanburg, according to a report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Eubanks was at fault for not yielding to Nicholls, while the trooper was driving 61 mph (98 kph) before starting to brake and was still going 42 mph (68 kph) when they collided, the report said.
Nicholls, 26, has not been able to return to patrolling because of injuries he suffered in the crash and is now under an internal investigation to see if his actions violated department policy, Highway Patrol Capt. R. K. Hughes said.
Eubanks’ family told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg they thought the trooper was getting off easy in the wreck.
“My whole thing is, I know for a fact, if they had me at 61, I would be getting a ticket with six points,” her grandson Alex Eubanks told the newspaper. “I never wished any ill on (Nicholls), I just want him to be held accountable.”
Marianne Eubanks’ son said his mother was still mentally sharp and was driving down familiar roads.
“I think he should be getting six points for reckless driving and never be on the Highway Patrol again,” Rick Eubanks said. “He’s young enough. He can go and do something else.”