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HCSO van victim's family calls for murder charges, reform

(WPDE)

Family members of one of the women who died in the back of an Horry County Sheriff's Office transport van when the van drove through a flooded road said "necessary" first steps have been taken.

Last week, the two correctional officers, who were transporting Nicolette Green and Windy Newton, were fired.

Green's mother and sister now want prosecutors to bring serious charges against them.

"They need to be prosecuted for murder," Donella Green-Johnson told ABC15. "I have a fear that it will be involuntary vehicular manslaughter. I hope, I really, really hope that the Marion County solicitor doesn't do that to us."

The family matriarch, Linda Green, said she was "relieved" when she heard the correctional officers had been fired.

Both women said they feared what happened to Nicolette would prevent others from seeking the help they need.

"So and so needs help, or I need help, well I'm not going that way," Linda theorized. "I don't want anything to happen. I don't want to be in a cage."

Some South Carolina lawmakers are determined to reevaluate how mental health patients are treated. A subcommittee has been formed to examine policies state-wide, including how patients are transported.

The Greens say they mostly hold the two correctional officers responsible, but placed a small part of the blame on the organization that placed Nicolette in the van to begin with.

"We want to know what transpired that required her to be committed right then," Donella said, saying Waccamaw Center for Mental Health officials have only contacted them to offer counseling services.

An investigation into the incident is still underway.


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