Public Input Needed in Bridge Crash Incident

Columbia police officers need tips from those who knew victims


By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- The Columbia Police department is asking for the public's help in finding out what led to a double fatality on the Blossom Street bridge. Now that the identities of the male and female victims have been released, authorities hope people who knew the victims will come forward with tips. Investigators are also asking neighboring businesses to submit surveillance video that could possibly reveal clues.

Authorities say 40-year-old Shannon Mickens, the passenger, and
35-year-old Denzel Whyatt, the driver, were inside a
1999 Ford Explorer when it plunged into the Congaree river after crashing through a guard rail on the Blossom Street bridge.

Today, a temporary steel railing was put in place to cover up the
27ft. hole left from the crash. As police officers have to try and determine what caused the SUV to crash in the first place, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) begins to reconstruct the bridge railing.

If you have any information on the victims, you are asked to call the Columbia Police Department at 803-545-3500 or CrimeStoppers at

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