Crime

Florence authorities respond to two deadly incidents Wednesday, one arrest made

DaQuan Bostick
DaQuan Bostick

Florence authorities reported two fatalities occurred in the area on Wednesday – one due to car crash involving a pedestrian and the other from a deadly shooting. An arrest was made in connection with the shooting later that evening.

Tameka Singleton, 36, of Eastover, who was walking in the road, was killed in an early morning crash in Williamsburg County, according to Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Collins said that at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the driver of a Kia was heading southbound on U.S. 52, about a mile from the Florence County Line when the driver struck Singleton.

No charges are expected to be filed, according to Collins.

Also, a Florence man was shot and killed about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the 800 block of Evans Street between Winston and Pettigrew streets.

Timothy Jeremy Patrick Lewis, 18, of Florence, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

Police have charged DaQuan Bostick with murder in Lewis’ death.

Major Carlos Raines with Florence city police said they arrested Bostick about 7:30 Wednesday evening.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said Lewis was in a white Toyota Camry behind an apartment complex on Evans Street when he was shot. Lewis then drove the car onto West Evans Street, colliding with an SUV, and the SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

Police blocked all lanes of traffic in the immediate area to investigate the shooting. West Evans Street between Winston Street and Pettigrew Street remained closed for several hours as investigators combed the scene.

Lawyer Gary Finklea, owner of Finklea Law Firm, which is near the scene of the shooting, said one of his employees witnessed the shooting. He ran outside to see what had happened.

“They hauled buggy in reverse out of that lane into Evans Street and when they got into Evans Street they collided with that SUV, which was just an innocent person driving down the street,” Finklea said.

“One dude jumped out of the passenger side. The driver of the white car was the one shot in the chest.”

Residents stood on the sidewalk near the scene trying to piece together the events that had unfolded minutes earlier.

“I heard the gunshots,” said Shontae Williams. “It was like two, then I heard the car screech. I didn’t see anybody in the cars, I didn’t see the person running, I just heard it. I’ve always felt safe. I never would have thought anything like this would have happened on this street.”

Police have not released a motive or any other details about the shooting circumstances.

Bostick is being held in the Florence County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Florence County police consider this shooting a homicide and it remains under investigation.

Our Grand Strand news alliance partner, WPDE and the Florence Morning News contributed to this report.

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