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DUI blamed in fatal Horry County head-on crash

A 27-year-old woman from Little River, South Carolina was recently killed in a fatal crash. Police charged another driver on drunk-driving charges for that fatal collision.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident victim was driving her 2013 Chevrolet Cruz west on Highway 90 when a 1999 Toyota sedan slammed head-on into her car. The victim died from injuries suffered in the crash at the scene although she was wearing a seatbelt.

The other driver, a 20-year-old male from Little River, was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries that he suffered in the accident. He was recently released from the hospital, charged with felony driving under the influence with death results, and was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bond was set at $50,000.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation team conducted the drunk driving crash investigation.

This accident is another deadly example of the consequences of drunk driving in this country and in South Carolina. Approximately one drunk driving accident death occurred every 51 minutes in the United States in 2012, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The number of fatalities in these accidents, the NHTSA reports, rose by 4.6 percent in this country from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012. Likewise, drunk driving fatalities in South Carolina increased from 309 in 2011 to 358 in 2012, according to the NHTSA. These accidents accounted for 31 percent of all traffic deaths in the state in 2012.

Victims of these accidents and their families should promptly obtain advice to determine whether they are entitled to compensation from an impaired driver or whether they may file a Dram shop liability action against the establishment that served alcohol to the driver. A damage award can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses suffered in these accidents.

Source: Myrtle Beach Online, "Little River man charged with felony DUI in fatal crash," Tonya Root, Jan. 17, 2014

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