Second driver charged in Kingstree basketball coach’s death

Kwandeesha J. Taylor, 21, of Lake City is charged with leaving the scene of a collision and failure to render aid in the hit-and-run death of Kingstree women’s basketball coach Sonya Burgess.

A second driver has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of a Williamsburg County basketball coach last month.

Kwandeesha J. Taylor, 21, of Lake City was charged with leaving the scene of a collision and failure to render aid today, according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

Taylor is charged in the Feb. 18 death of Sonya Burgess, women’s basketball coach at Kingstree High School. Taylor struck Burgess on the highway after Burgess was ejected from her Ford Explorer and then kept driving, Collins said.

Burgess, 39, was driving south on U.S. 52 when she tried to avoid a vehicle that pulled out in her lane from a gas station about 6:30 p.m. The SUV overturned and Burgess was ejected into the roadway, where a third car driven by Taylor hit her and kept going, according to the Highway Patrol.

Burgess’ three children were riding with her but were not seriously hurt.

The driver who pulled out in front of Burgess and caused her to wreck was arrested shortly after the accident, according to investigators. Daveline Leshon Holmes, 37, of Georgetown County, was charged with reckless homicide and hit-and-run involving death.

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