A 41-year-old Kenyan woman living in the US has passed away following a DUI crash in South Carolina.
Leah Wangari Gatonye Dubs of Bluffton died at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston on August 5th, according to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott.
Wangari was involved in the crash on Red Cedar Street at around 2 pm on August 1st and was arrested by officers from Bluffton Police Department then charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment.
She was booked in Beaufort County Detention Center where a nurse determined that she needed to go to the hospital. Beaufort County spokesperson Chris Ophardt said that staff at the emergency room at Beaufort Memorial Hospital cleared Wangari, and she was taken back to the jail.
The following morning, a jail guard found Wangari on the floor of the holding cell and discovered she was coughing up blood. She was rushed to Beaufort Memorial Hospital before being flown to MUSC where she later died from injuries believed to stem from the crash.
Wangari was the secretary of the Kenyan Diaspora Foundation and was very active on social media. She was one of the admins of Kilimani Mums and Dads Facebook page that was deleted by Facebook.
In 2016, she shared on the group a letter by her daughter urging her to quit drinking alcohol. Wangari admitted that she would be dead were it not for her daughter’s advice, saying one year, two months had passed without alcohol since the girl penned the letter.