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75-year-old woman killed in drunk driving crash

A drunk driving accident in South Carolina resulted in a woman's death on Dec. 3. The accident took place at around 4 p.m. in Spartanburg and involved three cars, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Afterwards, one of the drivers was charged for felony DUI and two counts of unlawful possession and distribution of prescription drugs.

The fatal drunk driving accident occurred near the intersection of Arbours West Lane and East Blackstock Road. A 43-year-old man rear-ended a car that was stopped in the turning lane on Blackstock Road, causing the car that was struck to be pushed into the opposite lane of traffic. A 75-year-old woman driving a vehicle in the opposite lane was then hit head-on.

Following the accident, the 75-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead by the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office. A minor who was a passenger in her vehicle managed to survive the accident uninjured. There were no reports about anyone else suffering from injuries in the wreck. The man who was charged for DUI was taken into custody, and his bond was set at $20,000.

When someone is killed in a drunk driving accident, the deceased person's family may decide to pursue some compensation for their loss from the driver at fault. In cases that involve criminal charges, the family may present police reports and toxicology results as evidence of the driver's liability. The family may still pursue a civil claim against the driver even if he or she is or is not convicted in criminal court.

Source: wspa.com, "1 dead, 1 charged with DUI in Spartanburg Co. crash", December 04, 2014

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