Drunk driving tragedies are never easy to deal with. But they come as an especially cruel blow when the victim is a journalist of the repute of the late Don Logana, killed on Highway 17 in South Carolina at about 4 a.m. Nov. 20, 2016.
Logana wasn’t only a topflight reporter and on-air personality. He made friends everywhere he went, through a combination of his large and reassuring physical presence, and his larger-than-life charisma and garrulous friendliness.
He had worked for WTOC for over a decade. Ironically, he took over the anchor spot from Mike Manhatton, also a beloved local journalist who left us too early, after a bout with cancer.
Logana’s last report was on the tragic death of a local firefighter who passed away responding to a bizarre dock accident on the Savannah River.
Both drivers that night of the fatal crash were charged with DUI: Cleveland Antwan Coleman, driver of the other car, as well as Eric Richter, who was driving the car Logana was in, in the backseat.
Runner-up, Anchor: Dawn Baker, WTOC