Pictures inside HCSO van show what women saw in final moments

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The sister of one of the women who drowned when an Horry County Sheriff’s Office van drove through flooded waters in September shared photos of the van with WBTW News13.

Donnela Green-Johnson, the sister of Nicolette Green, shared the photos on Friday.

Green and Wendy Newton drowned in the back of the van as floodwaters rose along Highway 76 in Marion County. 

On Thursday, News13 obtained disciplinary reports for the two now-fired officers involved in the incident, Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop. 

Flood’s report says he was the driver and that he “made a conscious decision to drive a transport van around a barricade and into flood waters (a substantial risk) that resulted in the death of patients after being provided a safe route by supervisors to avoid floodwaters.”

In the response section of his form, Flood stated “the facts in this report are not true.”

Bishop’s report suggests he “failed to make a conscious and conspicuous effort to stop Officer Stephen Flood from driving into floodwater” after “being provided an alternate safe route by supervisors.”

In the response section of his form, Bishop marked through it and didn’t comment.

Read more about these disciplinary reports here.

The employments of Corrections Officers Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were terminated on Oct. 24, according to a press release from the HCSO. This came “as the result of an ongoing internal administrative investigation into the incident where two female occupants died when a detention center transport van was overtaken by floodwaters.”

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