Tests find alcohol, drugs in driver in Aiken wreck that killed 5

The results of a toxicology report show a 26-year-old Aiken woman had taken high levels of prescription painkillers and drank alcohol the day she was involved in a wreck last month that took her life and four others.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Crystal Lyell’s blood alcohol level was 0.251, more than three times the legal limit, when she drove into oncoming traffic and struck two other vehicles on June 8. Killed in the wreck were Ms. Lyell, her 4-year-old son Zachary Taylor, Michael Lott, 40, and his son, Joshua Lott, 17, and Mark Daniels, 33.

The group was returning home after a day of swimming at an Aiken County bridge. Coroner Tim Carlton said that in addition to the alcohol, Ms. Lyell had a “significant level” of the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and some THC, a chemical in marijuana, in her system.

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