Just nine days before a South Carolina woman crashed head on into another car, she was cited for another child restraint violation.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 38-year-old Jennifer Lyn Knox was driving a BMW northbound along Walhalla Highway (State 183) in Seneca at around 10 p.m. Sunday night, when she tried to pass another vehicle. In the process, she slammed head on into a 2014 KIA traveling southbound in the opposite lane.
The woman and her 6-year-old twin sons were not wearing seatbelts. All three were ejected from the car when it flipped.
First responders rushed Knox to Greenville Memorial Hospital. Her sons, identified Dylan and Camryn Clark, were taken to a different hospital where they both were pronounced dead. Knox is still in the hospital, but so far expected to survive.
On May 17, according to Greenville News, just nine days before the fatal accident, police pulled Knox over for a child passenger restraint violation and speeding. According to Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Hovis, a child passenger restraint violation means that a child was not properly restrained inside a vehicle.
According to state law, children under the age of eight must use a booster seat, with lap and shoulder belt attached, and must sit in the backseat of the vehicle.
The driver of the KIA was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and wasn’t injured.
According to authorities, Knox was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred. Hovis said that upon Knox’s release from the hospital, she’ll be detained and taken to Pickens County Detention Center.
Knox is facing numerous criminal charges, including DUI resulting in death, child endangerment, a seatbelt violation, and child restraint violations.
Meanwhile, family members set a GoFundMe fundraiser to help raise funds for the boys’ funeral. The boys have been described as “loveable” children with “big hearts.”
[Feature Photo: Dylan and Camryn Clark/GoFundMe]