Two teenagers from McDuffie County, a brother and a sister, were killed in a two-vehicle wreck in McDuffie County Thursday morning. A third sibling died Friday morning from the injuries he received in the accident.
The Sept. 26 crash occurred at the intersection of Whiteoak Road and the Thomson Bypass at approximately 7:45 a.m., according to Trooper Cave of the GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
Cave said a preliminary report showed that a Nissan Xterra pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer. The officer refused to identify the four occupants of the Nissan or the truck driver, as the accident is still under investigation. He described the injuries to the other two occupants of the Nissan as significant.
McDuffie County Deputy Coroner Paul Johnson identified the fatalities as 12-year-old Bella Dinger and 14-year-old Bostyn Dinger of Thomson, who died at the scene. The coroner announced the death of the third child, at 3:07 a.m., Friday, Sept. 27. Bryson Dinger, 16, who was the driver of the SUV, died at 2:17 a.m., from injuries he received in the Thursday morning accident.
Their mother, Tasha Daniel, who was a passenger, is currently in critical condition at Doctors Hospital.
The driver of the Western Star 18-wheeler belonging to Triple H Transport out of Maysville, was not injured in the crash.
The two youngsters, students of McDuffie County schools, were pronounced deceased at close to 8:30 a.m. They will undergo autopsies at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta, Johnson said.
“This is a very tight community,” said Johnson, who said he knew the family. “All these folks are well-known. My prayers are with the family.”
In a media release about the fatality, McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Mychele Rhodes expressed extreme sadness at the loss of students of the McDuffie County School system.
"Our hearts are heavy and we have activated our crisis management system of providing counseling assistance to our students, faculty, and staff. Please keep the family and our schools in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this most difficult and trying time.”