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Alleged drunk driver hits bystanders at accident scene

A car accident led to a second horrible crash in North Charleston when an alleged drunk drove into first responders and bystanders at the accident site. Police video shows people being tossed from a car into the ground.

North Charleston firefighters responded to a two-car accident early Saturday morning at 1:44 a.m. at 3940 Ashley Phosphate Road and assisted Charles County EMS with medical care. A vehicle driven by a 26-year-old then drove through this accident scene and crashed into the first responders and bystanders.

The fire engine responding to the first accident was placed on the roadway in a defensive position and the firefighters wore reflective vests that provide higher visibility at night according to department guidelines. The call for the second crash was sent at 2:01 a.m.

One firefighter is being treated in the Medical University of South Carolina's intensive care unit. A rookie firefighter was also treated and released on the night of the crash and has returned to duty. A medic and five bystanders were also transported to various local hospitals. No information was released concerning their condition.

The driver was charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence. A bond court judge issued a $300,000 surety bond to the suspect the day after the crash.

Drunk driving poses a threat to South Carolina motorists and pedestrians. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that two-thirds of all vehicle fatalities between midnight and 3:00 a.m. involved an alcohol-impaired driver and that 55 percent of drivers involved in accidents during that period were driving under the influence. Alcohol involvement for the driver or pedestrian was attributed to forty-seven percent of accidents involving pedestrian fatalities according to the NHTSA.

A driver or pedestrian injured in a drunk driving accident should seek advice seeking compensation from an impaired driver or by the establishment that may have Dram shop liability by serving an intoxicated driver. Drunk driving crash victims should obtain guidance on their right to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, wrongful death and other losses.

Source: WBTW, "Graphic video released after DUI driver plows through SC crash scene, police say," June 10, 2013

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