From Buzzfeed News: “The law enforcement officer behind the wheel of the van overtaken by floodwaters Tuesday in South Carolina, killing two women who were being transported to a mental health facility, may have driven around barriers, the local sheriff said.
‘It hasn’t been confirmed to me that they did [drive around barrier],’ [Sheriff Philip] Thompson said. ‘But here’s my question. There are barriers there. It can be assumed that he did. Once we find out for sure we need to ascertain why they did.’
The sheriff added that deputies have access to information on all road blockages and closures, as well as checkpoints.
Green’s family issued a statement demanding answers.
‘Why did the deputies drive through flooded waters?’ the statement reads. ‘What happened to “Turn Around. Don’t Drown”? Gross negligence has robbed two families of their loved ones. We want those who are responsible to be held accountable. […] They were women who voluntarily sought help. They trusted the hospitals and the sheriff deputies with their lives and that trust was abused. We want answers.'”