Toddler dies, 6 injured after car slams into vehicle on I-95 shoulder in Alcolu

Highway Patrol: 2-year-old was unrestrained; family member driving car


ALCOLU – A 2-year-old child died late Tuesday afternoon from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate-95.

Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock identified the toddler as Talia Johnson of Orlando, Florida. She was one of six passengers in a vehicle that was driven by a family member.

“She was airlifted from the scene shortly after 3:35 p.m. and died at 5:40 p.m. at the Medical University of South Carolina,” Mock said.

No autopsy has been scheduled, Mock said.

According to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred near mile marker 122 in the southbound lanes of I-95 around 3:35 p.m. when the driver of a 2018 Chevrolet SUV ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder.

Southern identified the driver of the SUV as Jamall Ikner of Orlando, Florida. Southern said Ikner was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to McLeod Clarendon with minor injuries.

Six occupants were in the SUV along with Ikner. The toddler, who was unrestrained, was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina where she later died, Southern said. The other five occupants were transported to McLeod Clarendon with minor injuries, the trooper said.

Southern said the occupants of the parked vehicle also received minor injuries and were transported to the local hospital.

The trooper said that the accident is under investigation.