Local Update - January 29, 2007

Person ejected from vehicle in crash

News 12 is working to learn more information about an accident that ejected one person from their vehicle.

It happened on I-20 westbound near Exit 11, the Graniteville exit, just after 10 o'clock Sunday night.

We're told only one vehicle was involved in the accident.

One person was ejected from the car when it went off the right side of the interstate and rolled over.

No word on that person's condition or the cause of that accident.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

Teen killed in Broad Street accident

An accident in Augusta claimed the life of a teenager over the weekend.

19-year-old Derrick Beard was killed Saturday while riding in the rear passenger seat.

The driver, a 16-year-old, is facing charges including first degree vehicular homicide, DUI, and driving without a license.

Another passenger in the car says the driver and Beard were arguing when the 16-year-old lost control of the Ford Contour on Broad Street.

He hit a street sign, then a tree.

Derrick Beard was killed instantly.

Police found alcohol in the car and they also suspect drug use.

Man snatches purse, crashes vehicle

A man robbed a woman in Augusta while his 8-year-old son watched.

29-year-old Samuel Cooper was arrested and charged with robbery and various traffic violations.

Police say he stole a purse off a woman on Gordon Highway and was then involved in an accident on Deans Bridge Road.

His 8-year-old son was a passenger and suffered minor injuries when the car's airbag deployed. He was taken to MCG.

Man wanted in attempted armed robbery

Richmond County deputies continue their search for a man who opened fire in a convenience store.

The robber walked into the BP station on the 3500 block of Deans Bridge Road Thursday night.

He wore a Halloween mask and latex gloves and demanded money from the clerk. He even put his gun to her head.

He fired a shot at her feet after he could not get into the register, but left with no money.

Former Augusta mayor dies in car accident

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a former Augusta mayor.

A family member of Charles DeVaney confirms he was killed Sunday in an accident in Ridgeland, South Carolina. That's in Jasper County, just north of Hilton Head.

DeVaney was driving home from Savannah when his car went off the road and hit a tree.

The highway patrol is still investigating the wreck, but the coroner tells his family he may have had a heart attack, which could have caused it.

DeVaney's cousin and close friend Rick Toole says he had been seeing a cardiologist. His most recent appointment was last month.

DeVaney was just 53 years old.

Here's some background on Charles DeVaney.

He served as Augusta's mayor for 12 years, from 1984 to 1996...right up until consolidation.

One of his most notable accomplishments is the Riverwalk project.

He worked with the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Group and was director of Augusta Tomorrow.

Most recently, DeVaney served as director of the Southeastern Firefighter's Burn Foundation for Doctors Hospital.

News 12 talked to one of DeVaney's political peers, who also served as Augusta's mayor. Bob Young was a good friend of DeVaney for more than 30 years.

Former mayor Young says DeVaney accomplished a lot in 12 years, and he will be missed.

"The older we get, the fewer good friends we have. They tend to leave us," Young said. "But we know Charles is in a good place and we have some great memories. And certainly as we look around Augusta today, we see Charles' fingerprints everywhere...so he will always be with us."

An autopsy is scheduled this morning for DeVaney.