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DUI charges filed in crash that killed mother, sons

A man involved in a crash on a Jasper County road that killed a 29-year-old Ridgeland woman and two of her young sons this month was charged Thursday with three counts of felony DUI, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Franklin Bostic, 22, is in the Jasper County Detention Center with bond set at $300,000 after an investigation by the patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, according to Cpl. Bob Beres.

The maximum penalty for felony DUI is 25 years in prison, meaning Bostic could face a sentence of 75 years if convicted, Beres said.

Wendy Orozco Garcia and her 6-year-old son Frankie died in the Sept. 9 crash, after Bostic's car crossed the center line and collided with the family's car on S.C. 462, about four miles east of Ridgeland, Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls has said.

Orozco's youngest child, 2-year-old Jacob, died at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah several days later.

Orozco's husband, Pablo, who was taken by helicopter to the Savannah hospital, has been treated and released, said hospital spokesman Michael Notrica.

The couple's oldest son, Pablo Orozco Jr., was not in the car when it crashed, Sauls has said.

Bostic, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his car and taken by helicopter to the same Savannah hospital, according to the Highway Patrol.

None of the Orozco family members was wearing a seat belt, the patrol has said, and the 2-year-old was not restrained in a child passenger seat.

The Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is still investigating the collision and has not released further details, Beres said.

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