COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? An infant died late Tuesday night as a result of a single car accident.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol , Justin Johnson was traveling on Parklane Road Tuesday night at about 11:05 when his car went off the road and struck several trees.
In the car with Johnson was an infant, who was in the backseat. Both Johnson and the infant were transported to the hospital.
The infant, identified as 15-month-old Mason Nikolai Nalls, died from trauma associated with the crash, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
Watts says it appears Nalls was in a car seat, but it is not known for sure at this time.
The SCHP is reporting that Johnson has been charged with felony DUI, child endangerment, and possession of marijuana.
Authorities say Johnson was the boyfriend of the mother of Nalls, who left the child with Johnson while she went to work.
The Highway Patrol is still investigating this incident.