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Drunk driving accident kills teen and injures family members

As the holiday season approaches, many people are traveling to visit family or to go on vacation. This increase of traffic on the roadways unfortunately often results in an increase of traffic accidents. Sadly, a fatal drunk driving accident recently occurred in South Carolina as a family was travelling through the state on their way to Florida for a Thanksgiving cruise.

The crash caused the death of a Michigan teenager and injured his family members. A suspected drunk driver struck the family's vehicle as they made their way to Florida for a long-planned cruise to the Bahamas. The teen's father, mother and two siblings were injured in the crash--as well as two other passengers. Information as to the extent of their injuries and medical conditions is not currently available.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a drunk driver hit the family's SUV in the early evening hours on November 18th. Authorities took the suspected drunk driver to the Fairfield County Detention Center, where he is being held on three felony counts for driving under the influence of intoxicants. A spokesman for the highway patrol said that he could not comment on the events that led to the collision. Officials are currently investigating the accident.

This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the dangers of drunk driving and the importance for drivers to use caution on the roadways during the holiday season. With the assistance of an attorney, those who have been injured by a drunk driver in an accident, or the family members of individuals killed in drunk driving accidents, may be able to file a claim against the responsible party to recover damages.

Source: toledoblade.com, "Michigan teen dies in crash with suspected drunken driver," Nov. 19, 2012

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