Deadly crash likely fueled by speed and alcohol
Sun, 04 Sep 2011 19:27:08 GMT — Update: Monday, Oct. 31 at 4:40 p.m.: The driver in a crash that killed two is now behind bars.Desmeisha Thomas, 19, was driving the vehicle that crashed on Blue Ridge near Oakland Gravel Road. She was arrested on Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter. Blood tests came back to Columbia and showed that shortly after the crash, Thomas had a blood alcohol level of .076 and according to police, tested positive for cocaine. Update: Tuesday, September 6 at 1:45 p.m.:Columbia Police now believe there were two cars involved in the deadly accident in the 2500 block of Blue Ridge. A second person died on Monday as a result of the crash.Police also believe there was a shooting before the accident occurred. Police arrested one of the passengers of the vehicle for suspicion of 2nd degree murder. James R. Miller was the front passenger in the original vehicle. He was arrested for 2nd degree murder in the suspected shooting. But after questioning at the Columbia Police Department, detectives decided to continue their investigation and released Miller.Lateshia K. Jordan, 18, died in the overnight hours of Sept. 5 as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Original Story: A crash early Saturday morning was likely the result of speed and alcohol, according to the Columbia Police Department.Police said the crash happened at 2:17 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Blue Ridge.The one-vehicle accident happened at 2:17 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Blue Ridge. Police said Desmeisha Thomas, 19, of Columbia was driving a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder east on Blue Ridge when the vehicle lost control and veered off the side of the road. Thomas was unable to regain control of the vehicle and ended up striking a telephone poll on the passenger side of the car, causing it to overturn. The SUV slid for about 75 feet.David T. Mcbride, 26, of Columbia, was a passenger in the vehicle. He died as a result of the crash. Thomas and two other passengers were both injured.Officers with the DWI Enforcement Unit tested Thomas at the time of the crash for intoxication. No arrests were made, though, pending lab results.