Coroner: Grandfather was nearly three times the legal limit in Sumter wreck

Coroner: Grandfather was drunk in Sumter wreck

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a 65-year-old man was extremely intoxicated when he crashed his car in Sumter, killing himself and his 7-year-old grandson.

Sumter County Coroner Harvey Bullock said Ronald Winston Holmes' blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit to drive at the time of the wreck around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bullock said Homes' Lincoln Town Car crossed the center line and struck an SUV head-on. Holmes' 7-year-old grandson also died in the wreck, and six people in the SUV were hurt.

They were taken to hospitals in Columbia and Sumter. There was no word on their conditions.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the wreck.