Family Members Mourn US-74 Bus Crash Victims
ROCK HILL, SC – Family members are mourning the victims of a massive bus crash in Richmond County Saturday.
Four people were killed and 42 others were injured when a charter bus blew a tire and crashed into a median on US-74 bypass near Rockingham.
The youngest victim, Darice Hicks, was only eight-years-old.
“Very, very hurtful pain for someone to go through,” says Hicks’ cousin Hayvonia Erby.
She says family members called him “Junior.”
“I can only imagine a mother burying her son at that young of an age,” Erby says.
Troopers say the 42 others were taken to area hospitals with injures ranging from minor to critical.
Most on board were members of Ramah Jucco Academy, a football team associated with Clinton College in Rock Hill.
They were heading to Fayetteville for a game.
Investigators say two others who died- 19-year-old Tito Hicks and 21-year-old Devonte Gibson were students at the college.
Gibson’s mother posted a picture with her son on a GoFundMe page. She’s trying to raise money to bring his body home to Michigan, where his family lives.
Troopers say the driver of the bus also died – 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, of Chester.
Erby says her thoughts are with those still recovering.
“Just praying and leaving everything in God’s hands, cause he’s got the last say so. He’s gonna make everything alright,” she says.