UPDATE: Family mourning loss of 2 brothers after morning car accident

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
Two brothers died in a car accident early Wednesday morning. (WRDW-TV)

Two brothers died in a car accident early Wednesday morning. (WRDW-TV)

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C (WRDW) -- A family is mourning the loss of two brothers after they were killed in a morning car accident Wednesday. The accident happened in North Augusta following a high-speed chase with Richmond County deputies.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet," said cousin Evan Dansby. "It's just unbelievable."

Dansby was home with his mom when she got the call about the tragedy early Wednesday morning.

"I knew by my mom's tone of voice that a tragedy had to happen," he said. "But not this, was not expecting this."

Deputies say 23-year-old Derrick Darden was driving on Broad Street with his brother 22-year-old Deante Darden when a Richmond County deputy with the DUI Division attempted to pull them over for driving erratically. At first they pulled over, but then took off again, leading the deputy on a high-speed chase. They crossed the state line on Gordon Highway driving in excess of 100mph. They then got off at Martintown Road and took back roads until they hit Carolina Springs Road where they crashed into a tree. They both died of multiple body trauma.

"If there's things that you're doing wrong, just man up to it and just pay what you got to pay and do what you got to do. Your life shouldn't be ended like this," said their uncle Bruce Dansby.

This isn't the first time the family has been struck by tragedy in the form of a car accident.

"My uncle was actually killed about four years ago in a car accident as well so its just a hard time right now," Evan said.

To him, it still doesn't seem real.

"I had just talked to one of them Sunday," he recalled. "We're big Redskins fans and we were rooting the Redskins on Sunday and that's the last time I talked to them."

As a college football player, Evan says hes now lost one of his biggest fans.

"Right before kick off we always talk on the phone and say, 'Cuz, you know you with me all the way', and I know he'll still be with me all the way, but just not receiving that phone call will probably be one of the hardest things," Evan said.

A loss that's made even harder as one family now mourns two of their loved ones.

The coroner says neither one of the boys was wearing a seat belt.
Toxicology is pending and the autopsies are being done today in Newberry, S.C.

Initial report:

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- News 12 has learned the names of the two brothers who died at the scene of a single-car crash early Wednesday morning.

We're told 23-year-old Derrick Darden and his 22-year-old brother Deante Darden, both of North Augusta, died in the crash that started around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say Derrick was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala when he failed to stop for a deputy on Broad Street in Augusta.

Deputies say a high-speed chase began and eventually ended when Darden lost control of the car on Carolina Springs Road and hit a tree.

The Darden brothers were not wearing seat belts and died from multiple body trauma.

We're told an autopsy is scheduled for today in Newberry, S.C.

Right now, toxicology is pending.


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