South Carolina Pastor’s Wife and Three Children Were Inside Car as Drunk Driver Caused Fatal Crash That Killed Him and His Friend on Highway

Pastor Brian Kinney Walker (back) of Bennettsville First Church of the Nazarene in Bennettsville, S.C., was tragically killed after an accident just hours before Father’s Day on June 15, 2019.

A South Carolina pastor’s wife and three of their four children were inside the family’s vehicle as it was hit by a suspected drunken driver who killed their father and his friend as they changed a flat tire Saturday night. 

State troopers previously told The State that Pastor Brian Kinney Walker, 49, of Bennettsville First Church of the Nazarene was killed in the car accident along with his friend, Andrew Tad Reeser, 45, who was helping to change a tire on the side of Interstate 20 in Richland County at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, just hours before Father’s Day.

Although the driver who caused the crash was not immediately identified, South Carolina Highway Patrol has now identified the suspect as 28-year-old Cornelius Joseph Floyd who was arrested on Sunday. He was charged with two counts of felony DUI and denied bond, local news outlet WISTV reported.

Just over a year earlier in January 2018, Floyd was charged with two counts of attempted murder stemming from a shooting in Lake City and those charges have not yet been resolved. He was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and simple possession of marijuana.

Officials say toxicology results for Floyd stemming from the crash that killed Walker and his friend are pending.

Cpl. Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol explained earlier that a van was parked in the emergency lane of the interstate and a Jeep was parked behind the van. Walker and Reeser were changing a tire on the van when a third vehicle hit the back of the Jeep, pushing it into the van, Collins explained. The men were squashed between the two vehicles.

Reeser was pronounced dead at the scene just before 10:45 p.m., while Walker was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Both men died from multiple blunt force injuries.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair