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2 killed, 4 injured in South Carolina crash

A 29-year-old Iva man and his 28-year-old wife were killed when a 52-year-old Westminster man driving a pickup truck hit their 1995 Mazda sedan broadside. The accident occurred on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca around 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 6 and involved a total of five vehicles.

According to the Oconee County Coroner's Office, the male decedent, who was driving, died from cervical trauma and blunt force trauma to the head. Troopers said the man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. The coroner further stated that the woman, who went into cardiac arrest at the scene and passed away at Oconee Medical Center, suffered blunt force trauma to the neck.

Also injured in the accident were two 18-year-old Westminster women and a 28-year-old Oconee woman who were taken to Oconee Medical Center, treated and later released. A man from Westminster who was also injured in the accident was flown to Greenville Memorial. A total of seven people were involved in the accident.

The driver of the pickup was charged with two counts of felony DUI with death and on the day after the accident. On Sept. 8, he was served with a bench warrant from a prior case when his bail was set at a total of $100,000, which combined $50,000 for each charge. He was being held at Oconee County Detention Center as of Sept. 9.

Following alleged drunk driving accidents in which individuals were killed, it is not uncommon for their surviving family members to file wrongful death claims seeking compensation for damages. In the state of South Carolina, courts are allowed to award exemplary damages when a wrongful death is the result of another individual's malice, willful act or recklessness.

Source: WYFF, "HP: Man charged with DUI in crash that killed Upstate couple ", September 09, 2014

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