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Crash kills South Carolina teen, police file DUI charges

Law enforcement officials reportedly detained a 20-year-old man on suspicion of DUI after an August 16 accident that killed a teenager. The Johns Island accident took place at approximately 12:30 p.m.

That is when the 20-year-old man was traveling on River Road in a Chevrolet Equinox at a high rate of speed, according to a police report. While attempting to pass slower traffic, the man purportedly lost control of his vehicle, traversing the centerline and entering into the path of oncoming traffic, where he collided head-on with a Jeep Compass driven by the teenager.

According to law enforcement officials, the 20-year-old driver evinced multiple signs of intoxication at the accident scene. Emergency personnel transported him to Medical University of South Carolina, where he received treatment for injuries that he suffered as a result of the crash and where deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office detained him on felony DUI charges, reportedly.

The families of fatal accident victims often must deal with death-related expenses, like burial costs, funeral bills and the expenses associated with their loved one's estate administration, besides the grief and emotional anguish that accompanies such a tragedy. If a preponderance of evidence from an accident like the one in Johns Island were to indicate that a drunk driver was at fault, then the family of the decedent might wish to retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit.

For example, certain family members of people who die in drunk-driving accidents may be awarded restitution for economic damages related to the fatal crash by successfully pursuing a wrongful death claim in civil court. In this way, bereaved families may recover the death-related expenses they incurred following the accident.

Source: WCSC, "Man, 20, charged with felony DUI in Johns Island teen's death," Philip Weiss, Aug. 16, 2014

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