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Driver facing 2 counts of reckless homicide in Rock Hill wreck

Justin Rafael Valdez, 19, is facing multiple charges after two people were killed in a crash on Celanese Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina Saturday evening.
Credit: Rock Hill Police Dept.
Justin Rafael Valdez is wanted in connection with a deadly crash in Rock Hill on Feb. 20.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Police in Rock Hill are searching for a man in connection with a deadly crash that happened Saturday night. 

According to Rock Hill Police, 61-year-old Donald Hewetson died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a crash. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in the multi-vehicle wreck on Celanese Road in York County, South Carolina Saturday. Hewetson was taken to a Charlotte hospital where he died, according to police. 

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Investigators said Justin Rafael Valdez, 19, was driving an Infiniti Q50 recklessly when he lost control and crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Equinox. A passenger in Valdez's car suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Equinox, a 56-year-old woman, was killed. Hewetson was a passenger in that SUV. Three people in another vehicle suffered injuries that aren't life-threatening. 

Valdez suffered minor injuries and was taken to Piedmont Medical Center. He was later arrested and charged with reckless homicide. On Tuesday, investigators obtained a second warrant against Valdez for a second count of reckless homicide. 

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