COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An I-20 accident in South Carolina claimed the lives of a mother and father but, miraculously, their baby survived.
The accident happened in Columbia, S.C. and troopers said the suspect believed responsible has been denied bond.
Clarise Antonia Payano, 21, of North Carolina appeared in court in later in the afternoon, where the judge ruled she should stay behind bars. She could be seen wiping away tears during the hearing.
The collision happened around 1:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-20 near Farrow Road and Wilson Boulevard.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victims as 38-year-old Kekima Lashaun Alexander and 31-year-old Layota Nicole Garcia.
Troopers now believe the victims' car had something wrong with one of its tires and the Alexanders pulled over into an emergency lane. While he was outside changing the tire, officers said Payano's car ran off the road, and struck him. Payano's car then continued forward and hit the car killing Garcia, who was in the passenger's seat, troopers said.
However, the couple's 1-year-old baby boy survived. He was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.
A photo taken of the crash showed the vehicle suffered heavy damage, including crushing damage to the side and top.
Payano is charged with felony DUI and one count of operating a motor vehicle without license in possession, and simple possession of marijuana.
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