Four children injured in St. Helena crash

rlurye@islandpacket.comOctober 8, 2013 

A car crash early Tuesday morning sent four St. Helena Island children to the hospital.

Francia Pompilus, 30, of St. Helena was driving north on Folly Road near Centennial Circle when she crashed into a cement structure along the right side of the road, causing her car to roll over several times, according to a spokeswoman for the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Pompilus and her passengers -- an infant and children ages 4, 2 and 1 -- were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to the patrol.

One passenger was in critical condition, and two were flown to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, according to Lee Levesque, spokesman for the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District.

Two of the children were restrained by car seats and two were unrestrained, a patrol spokeswoman said.

Pompilus was discharged from the hospital later Tuesday, according to a nurses supervisor. Officers charged her with driving too fast for conditions and issued her two child-restraint citations.

The Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District urges drivers to properly use child-safety seats, Levesque said.

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