UPDATE | No charges for driver in accident that kills 7-year-old in Langley

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
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LANGLEY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The morning after a fatal accident that killed a 7-year-old boy in Langley, officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say the driver is not facing any charges in the case.

SCHP troopers say the 1998 Toyota SUV was traveling east near Ralph Green Drive and Chaffee Street when the car reportedly struck 7-year-old Bryson Mikell. Mikell was going north and trying to cross Chaffee Street. He was with his brother at the time. They both were on their bikes.

Officials say the driver never left the scene of the accident and was placed in the back of a patrol car while they investigated.

A 7-year-old little boy was hit and killed while riding his bike in Langley, S.C. on Saturday evening. Aiken County officials say it happened around 6:35 p.m. on Ralph Green Drive and Chaffee Street.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT team worked late into the night investigating the crash. Officials say 7-year-old Bryson Mikell and his brother were trying to cross the street when the accident happened. They were on their bikes.

The Langley Cemetery is surrounded by homes, families, and memories of loved ones gone too soon. But on Saturday night, it was flashing lights, crime scene tape, and broken hearts.

"My heart is really deep for them right now." said Charity Harris, a friend of the Mikell family.

As day turned to night on Chaffee Street and Ralph Green Drive, investigators say Mikell was on his bike when he was hit and killed. Harris rushed to the scene as soon as she heard what had happened.

"I know if I had a kid and it was mine I know I'd feel the same way. " said Harris.

It's hard to grasp what the family is feeling. "They're kids -- they need to be important." added Harris.

Harris knows the accident is an example of a bigger problem -- drivers going too fast with lots of kids playing and on bikes in the neighborhood.

"Everybody needs to look out for the kids." said Harris.

That's why SCHP immediately dispatched their MAIT team from Rock Hill, S.C. They reconstructed the accident, taking photos of the scene and looking at other evidence left behind. The effort is to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again so another family doesn't have to feel the heartache of losing their son, grandson, and friend ever again.

"My heart really goes out for them," said Harris. "It's really, really deep."

Officials say the driver of the vehicle never left the scene. News 12 has asked if the driver is facing any charges in the case.