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South Carolina man charged with felony DUI after fatal crash

Police suspect that a 24-year-old man involved in a fatal head-on collision on Nov. 8 was impaired by alcohol, according to authorities. Three people died in the Anderson County crash, and the 24-year-old man, who was allegedly driving at the time of the incident, is facing six counts of felony DUI.

The alleged drunk-driving accident took place around U.S. Highway 29 and Calhoun Street at approximately 12:17 a.m., officials stated. According to the Anderson Police Department, the 24-year-old man's pickup truck crossed the roadway's centerline and struck an oncoming sedan head-on. Two occupants of the sedan, ages 22 and 17, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Officials pronounced them both dead at the accident scene. A 20-year-old woman who had also been traveling in the sedan was pronounced dead after being transported by paramedics to a medical facility in Anderson.

Emergency personnel also transported a 17-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl to AnMed Health Medical Center for treatment. Both had been passengers in the sedan. The 24-year-old driver of the pickup truck and his passenger also suffered injuries in the accident, but officials did not deem their injuries to be life-threatening. According to authorities, the driver of the pickup truck was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center on Nov. 9.

If evidence from this specific case were to prove, incontrovertibly, that drunk driving was a contributing factor to the deadly crash, the culpable driver might be held accountable for the crash in multiple ways. Drunk drivers may face civil as well as criminal sanctions for their negligent behavior. With the help of a personal injury attorney, family members of dead accident victims may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the impaired driver, seeking compensation for pecuniary and noneconomic damages.

Source: WYFF, "Vehicle crash kills three, leads to DUI charges", November 08, 2014

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