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Mother, son who died in Rock Hill wreck on I-77 identified

A mother and her son who died late Saturday night when the vehicle they were in struck a tractor trailer on Interstate 77 in Rock Hill have been identified.

According to the York County Coroner’s Office, Ebony Tamia Roscoe and her son 3-year-old Malik Joseph Easley were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two were Charlotte residents, coroner Sabrina Gast said Monday.

The wreck happened around 9:45 p.m. Saturday near South Anderson Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The SCHP reports that the woman was wearing a seat belt, but the child was not.

The woman, 34, was driving south in the northbound lane when her 2005 Honda struck a 2018 Freightliner tractor trailer heading north. The boy, 3, was a passenger in the back seat.

Two other passengers in the vehicle were transported with injuries to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A girl, 16, riding in the front seat was wearing her seat belt. Another girl, 11, in the back seat was not.

A Mississippi woman was driving the tractor trailer.

“She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision,” Corp. Bill Rhyne with South Carolina Highway Patrol said of the truck driver. “She was not injured.”

There was one passenger in the tractor trailer.

“The passenger was asleep in the sleeper in the tractor trailer, and was not injured,” Rhyne said.

As of Sunday afternoon, there have been 666 traffic fatalities in South Carolina. A third of those people weren’t wearing seat belts.

Autopsy and toxicology testing are pending, said Gast.

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham

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