Driver charged in crash where SC mom fell to her death while trying to help

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina troopers said a man has been charged in the Greenville County crash in which an upstate woman fell to her death while trying to help him.

David Bergen (Greenville Co. Detention Center)

David Bergen (Greenville Co. Detention Center)

David Bergen, 34, is charged with driving under the influence and driving under suspension, troopers said.

Troopers said Bergen crashed on I-385 at the U.S. 276 overpass early Sept. 26. After the crash, Bergen fell from U.S. 276 near the intersection of Old Stage Road to the side of I-385 after exiting his vehicle.

Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said Jessica Nicole Smith, 29, stopped near the crash site to help. She heard a voice from beneath the overpass and fell more than 20 feet to her death while trying to get to the road below and help Bergen, according to Evans.

Witnesses said Smith did not find any victims at the scene, but believed she heard a voice below the bridge. Smith reportedly placed both legs over the bridge, believing the ground was close below.

Evans said she fell 23 feet to her death.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

Smith’s family said she was a certified nursing assistant who left behind a 9-year-old son.

Bergen is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

Deputies have also charged Bergen with failure to pay child support, while Greenville police charged Bergen with driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Source: WHNS