S.C. teen driver charged in deaths of woman, mother

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comMarch 25, 2014 

Austin Shackleford is charged in a wreck that killed two South Carolina women, the S.C. Highway Patrol says.

CHEROKEE COUNTY JAIL

A 19-year-old Spartanburg man is jailed without bond, charged in the weekend head-on crash that killed a woman and her mother.

Two other people in the victims’ car also were injured. Officials in Cherokee County, where the collision took place, say the suspect raced past a sheriff deputy’s car shortly before the crash.

Austin Shackleford faces seven felony charges and is being held without bond in the Cherokee County jail, authorities said. The charges include three counts of driving under the influence causing death or bodily injury and one count of failure to stop for a blue light resulting in death, according to Cherokee County jail records.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Tanya Jean Tiede of Spartanburg was driving a 1994 Dodge Intrepid southbound on S.C. 110 Saturday night when it collided with a northbound 1995 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Shackleford. The crash took place near the town of Cowpens.

Tiede, 43, was killed in the crash. Her mother, 65-year-old Sandra Kay Effler of Cowpens, died of her injuries Monday night at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Tiede’s husband and 11-year-old daughter remain hospitalized in Spartanburg, Fowler said.

Shackleford was treated at the hospital and arrested by the S.C. Highway Patrol when he was released Sunday, authorities said.

“In-car video from a Cherokee County sheriff’s patrol car indicates Shackleford passed the officer at a high rate of speed less than a minute before the crash,” Fowler said. “The deputy came upon the fatal crash 50 seconds later.”

WYFF-TV in Spartanburg reported that in a court hearing Monday, officials said Shackleford told them he had consumed a half-pint of rum and had smoked marijuana and taken other drugs before the crash.

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