Man charged with felony DUI after Cosgrove exit crash that killed child

Dale E. Yarborough

A 56-year-old man was arrested and charged with felony DUI Saturday after a crash that shut down traffic on the North Bridge for several hours.

Officers were dispatched to the Cosgrove Avenue exit of I-26 just before 6 p.m. where the found a crash involving six vehicles.

Of those involved, six were taken to MUSC for treatment. Among those rushed to the hospital was a 9-year-old Da'Vieona Hamilton who later died.

Dale E. Yarborough of Hanahan is charged with felony DUI with death, three counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury, and reckless homicide.

According to a report from the North Charleston Police, a white Nissan Frontier merged onto the I-26 ramp onto Cosgrove "at a high rate of speed" before rear ending a Ford Escape. The driver of the Escape was not injured.

The Frontier continued on the off ramp towards Cosgrove and hit a second vehicle (a blue Toyota Corolla) and a third car (a Kia Optima). There were no injuries in these collision either.

The Frontier kept going and hit a Chevy HHR head on which then struck a Mazda CX-5. All three of these vehicles spun out and ended up in the embankment of Cosgrove Ave.

The occupants of the Mazda were taken to the hospital as were the occupants of the HHR, including two children.

Officers at the hospital reported noticing "a strong alcoholic beverage smell" coming from Yarborough, the driver of the Frontier. They also said his speech was slurred.

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