Bond set for driver in DUI crash that killed pastor
Mary M. Reames (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Billy Dean Randall (Source: Jim Newman)
Gethsemane Baptist Church
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A 20-year-old woman faces felony DUI charges after Columbia police say she caused a rush-hour crash Wednesday afternoon, killing the founder of a Lexington church.
Officers said Mary M. Reames of Columbia was driving on Whaley Street around 5:40 p.m., when she ran a red light at the intersection with Assembly Street. Reames' Ford Escape first hit the front of an Oldsmobile Intrigue, according to police, before hitting the driver's side of 71-year-old Billy Dean Randall's Buick Park Avenue.
Randall, who had been waiting to turn left onto Whaley Street, died at the scene, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. Randall was the founding pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Lexington, according to church officials.
Police said the driver of the Oldsmobile was uninjured. Officers did not say whether Reames was hurt.
The intersection was blocked off for hours Wednesday evening, and Assembly Street was closed between Blossom and Rosewood. Whaley Street was also closed between Main and Park streets.
Reames is charged with felony driving under the influence. Officers said she's being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Her bond was set at $100,000 Friday morning, and she did post it. The judge said she couldn't have any contact with the victim's family.