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Juvenile charged with DUI fatality

Alcohol-impaired driving is a fatal threat to South Carolina motorists, passengers and pedestrians. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that this state suffered 828 drunk driving fatalities in 2011. Significant dangers are also posed by impaired teenage drivers. One in 10 high school students aged 16-years-old and older engaged in drinking and driving within the immediate 30-day period in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In South Carolina, the CDC found, at least 11.3 percent of high school students in this age group drove when they had been drinking alcohol.

Significantly, most teens drink to get drunk. The CDC reported that 85 percent of students who drove after they were drinking also engaged in binge drinking within 30 days.

Alcohol apparently played a role in in a Sept. 27 drunk driving accident involving a 17-year-old motorist driving a 2006 Honda sedan. A 21-year-old woman from Greenwood, South Carolina died in the accident. Four other victims, including two juveniles, suffered injuries. The collision took place at an intersection at S.C. Highway 225's intersection with West Alexander Road at 11:40 p.m. Several first-responder vehicles rushed to the car crash scene to treat and transport the victims.

The 21-year-old female fatality was a passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet SUV. This vehicle sustained heavy damage to its passenger-side doors and was located 20 yards away from the crash submerged in a row of bushes in a ditch. Its driver was rushed to Self Regional Medical Center. The suspect's Honda was located several feet away from the road in a patch of grass. Three of its passengers also sustained injuries and were transported to the emergency room.

The 17-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with a felony count of DUI with a fatality, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A magistrate judge set his bail at $75,000 cash or surety and he was taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center.

No matter their age, drivers who injure others after drinking should be held accountable. A personal injury suit can help make this possible.

Source: Greenwood Index-Journal, "Wreck claims life of Greenwood woman-teen charged with felony DUI in late-night incident," Matt Bruce, Sept. 28, 2013

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