Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths

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By Jesef Williams

INDIAN LAND – The driver involved in a bicycle accident last month on U.S. 521 in Indian Land has been charged in the deaths of two cyclists.

The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Sharon Snipes King, 35, of Greensboro, N.C., Thursday with two counts of reckless homicide.

The patrol says she was driving the Chrysler Pacifica that struck Thomas Hoskins and Lee Anne Barry from behind on Oct. 20 as they were traveling on the northbound side of the road.

The accident happened just south of the Niven Road intersection.

Hoskins died on the scene and Barry died a few hours later at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The two were on the last leg of a cross-country ride to promote bicycle safety.

King, the only occupant of the SUV, was not hurt in the crash.

Alcohol was not a factor, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol.

No charges were made until the 6th Circuit Solicitor's Office reviewed the accident.

"They (the solicitor's office) reviewed the case and made the recommendation for what they wanted us to make the charges for," Johnson said.

Warrants were signed Wednesday for King, who turned herself in to authorities Thursday. She was taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center and released on a $10,000 bond.

Neither Solicitor Doug Barfield nor the Highway Patrol can release certain details about the accident – such as King's speed and the position of the cyclists in the road – because the case hasn't gone to trial yet.

Each count of reckless homicide can carry up to 10 years in prison, Barfield said.

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Reporter Johnathan Ryan contributed to this story