S.C. woman charged as 3 Indiana teens die in wrong-way wreck

  • Print
Listen to this story

Subscriber Benefit

As a subscriber you can listen to articles at work, in the car, or while you work out. Subscribe Now
This audio file is brought to you by
Loading audio file, please wait.
  • 0.25
  • 0.50
  • 0.75
  • 1.00
  • 1.25
  • 1.50
  • 1.75
  • 2.00

Three Indiana teens were killed in a crash Monday on a South Carolina interstate by a woman driving the wrong way.

The Spartanburg County coroner tells local news outlets that a pair of twins, 17-year-old Elleana Lee Gaddis and Isabella Lee Gaddis died, as did 18-year-old Brianna Lynn Foster. A fourth Indiana teen was hospitalized after the wreck. All were from Fishers, in suburban Indianapolis.

South Carolina state troopers say they died on Interstate 26 near Inman when a Hummer driven by 43-year-old Melissa Ann Parker of Spartanburg hits the teens’ Kia sedan. Troopers say Parker was driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-26 just before 2 a.m. Monday.

Troopers say the vehicles collided head on. Parker ran away, troopers say, but was caught and taken to a hospital. She was later charged with three counts of felony DUI with death, three counts of felony hit-and-run with death and one count of felony hit-and-run with personal injury, according to troopers.

Parker remains jailed in Spartanburg County.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools wrote in a letter to parents that the Gaddis twins were students at Hamilton Southeastern High School, while Foster was a graduate. The district said school counselors would be available to students.

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining
{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining Article limit resets on
{{ count_down }}