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DUI one-way crash on I-385 leads to fatality

A truck driving the wrong direction, blamed on its allegedly impaired driver, led to the death of a woman and injuries to her three young children in August. The victim's husband witnessed this fatal drunk driving crash.

Early on a Monday morning at approximately 3:10 a.m., two witnesses phoned police and reported a truck driving the wrong direction on I-385. Two minutes later and before Greenville police could arrive, the truck crashed into a car carrying the woman and her three children that were returning from a family trip to Charlotte. Her husband, traveling separately in another car, was talking to his wife on the cell phone when the truck sped past him at a speed of at least 60 mph and slammed into her vehicle. He did not have time to warn his wife.

The crash impact killed the victim. Her three children, all under 10-years-old, were injured and transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The family was just minutes from their home before the accident.

The 26-year-old truck driver was taken to Greenville Memorial with non-life-threatening injuries and released. Police arrested him with a DUI resulting in death and he is being held at Greenville County Detention Center.

This early morning collision is the latest of 6,500 wrong way crashes in South Carolina since 2010.

South Carolina suffered 254 fatalities from wrong-way drivers in that period. There were 13 people killed in 773 wrong-way crashes in Greenville during that time, according to the Office of Highway Safety.

Drunk driving and large vehicles are a toxic combination where the large size differential between the vehicles leads to these types of tragic consequences. Drunk driving also causes wrong-way driving and other reckless behavior. South Carolina had 828 drunk-driving accident fatalities in 2011.

A motorist or pedestrian injured by a drunk driver should promptly seek guidance concerning their rights to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, wrongful death and other losses. The establishment that served a drunk driver may also have dram shop liability. Evidence should be obtained quickly and time periods may restrict the filing of lawsuits.

Source: WSPA, "Driver charged with DUI in deadly wrong-way crash on I-385," Aug. 15, 2013

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