York husband in Rock Hill crash dies after wife; Teen driver now faces 2 homicides
A teenage driver from Rock Hill is charged with a second homicide following a weekend accident after a husband and wife both died.
Donald Hewetson, 61, of York, died late Monday at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the Saturday night crash, York County coroner Sabrina Gast said.
Hewetson's wife, Teresa Hewetson, 56, died in the same hospital over the weekend after the crash, Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department.
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Rock Hill's Justin Valdez was charged Monday on the death of Teresa Hewetson.
Rock Hill police issued a second warrant for arrest against Valdez, 19, Tuesday, accusing him of the ruthless murder of Donald Hewtson's death, Chavis said. Valdez was released from jail late Monday on $ 50,000 bail after being arrested on the first ruthless murder charge.
Valdez drove an Infiniti sedan around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Chavis said the car crossed the centerline of Celanese Road into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Chevrolet SUV driven by Teresa Hewetson. Donald Hewetson was a passenger, police said.
Four other people were injured in the accident, including a young passenger in Valdez 'car and three people in a third vehicle, police said.
Valdez's attorney, Montrio Belton of Rock Hill, said Tuesday morning that he and Valdez were aware of the second death and the second charges against Valdez.
"Mr. Valdez is aware of the second warrant and intends to face law enforcement," Belton said. Valdez trusts our justice system and believes that the truth of this terrible accident and unimaginable tragedy will be known in due course. Mr Valdez extends his condolences to the family. "
Belton didn't discuss the crash.
According to Belton and court records, Valdez has no previous convictions.
Matthew Shelton, assistant attorney for the 16th Circle, confirmed Valdez was charged with a second charge of reckless murder but declined to consider the case.
Reckless murder is a crime in SC
Reckless murder is defined in South Carolina law as "when the death of a person occurs within three years as the immediate result of an injury caused by driving a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of others".
Reckless murder is a crime under South Carolina law and can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Valdez now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both charges.
The murder case is the fifth in Rock Hill in 2021, according to Rock Hill police statistics.
Look back for updates on this developing story.
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