COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? The victims of the accident on Blossom Street Bridge have been identified.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says that Shannon Mickens, 40, and Denzel Whyatt Jr. 35, were involved in an accident that occurred on Thursday night, sending an SUV off the Blossom Street Bridge.
The vehicle was traveling West on the bridge when it swerved into the side of the bridge railing and plunged into the Congaree River.
Mickens was pulled out of the water by rescuers and transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Whyatt was recovered in the vehicle after it was removed from the river; and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Autopsies conducted this morning on both victims show that they died from ashyxiation due to drowning.
The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate.