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2 North Carolina girls, ages 11 and 9, killed in Myrtle Beach crash; man charged

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Neil DeJean (J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Two young North Carolina girls were killed in a crash in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night.

Dakota Shepherd, 11, and Syler Emore, 9, both of Timberlake, died at the scene of the crash from internal injuries, according to WPDE.

Neil DeJean, 47, of Duson, La., is charged with two counts of reckless homicide and an open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Tuesday near Pirateland Campground, South Carolina Highway Patrol told WPDE.

DeJean was traveling south on U.S. 17 Business in a Mercedes when he struck a 2005 Dodge minivan traveling north and turning onto private property.

The minivan then struck a parked car on the property, WPDE reports. The two girls were sitting in the third row of the van when they were killed.

Three other people in the van and DeJean were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained.