Man Ticketed

SIX MILE — A 20-year-old Six Mile man was ticketed last week in a July bicycle accident that left a woman and her newborn baby dead.

Rose Marie Higgins, 24, was walking with her boyfriend along Mount Olivet Road in Six Mile around 9:45 p.m. on July 22 when a man on a bicycle struck her head-on, police said.

Higgins, who was 28 weeks pregnant, was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where her baby was delivered via cesarean section hours later.

The infant, a daughter named Charissa Faith McSwain, died on July 25. Higgins died July 26.

In a news release, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said Friday that Marvin William Andrews was charged with operating a bicycle on the roadway without a headlight during the nighttime.

Hashe said the investigation into the accident by the sheriff’s office and South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed that the collision was accidental and there was no prior history between the two parties.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Higgins was walking on the roadway in the lane facing oncoming traffic and Andrews was riding a bicycle in the same lane at an unknown speed, Hashe said.

“There was little to no illumination in the immediate area of the collision, and neither party could see the other in the extreme darkness until the moment of impact,” Hashe said.

Hashe said there is no evidence that alcohol or drugs played a factor.

If convicted by a Pickens County magistrate, Andrews would face a fine of up to $232.50 to be determined by the court.