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US-based Kenyan woman dies in South Carolina after DUI related Crash – Authorities



A  Kenyan woman in the US  has passed away following a Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) related crash in South Carolina, according to authorities.

Leah Wangari Gatonye Dubs, 41, died at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the State’s Capital, Charleston.

According to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott, the deceased was involved in the crash  around 2 pm on August 1st and was charged with driving under the influence and child endangerment after being arrested by officers from Bluffton Police Department.

According to, a US based online publication, she was booked in Beaufort County Detention Center where a nurse determined that she needed to go to the hospital.

The County’s 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,” the paper reported.

According to those who worked closely with Wangari, she was very active on social media and was the secretary of the Kenyan Diaspora Foundation. She was one of the admins of Kilimani Mums and Dads Facebook page that was deleted by Facebook a few years back.

“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,” reported.

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