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South Carolina auto accidents: DUI charges after girl, 9, killed

Driving under the influence in South Carolina has ramifications that reach further than the initial accident itself. The aftermath of injuries and fatalities from auto accidents that are a result of drunk drivers who choose to get behind the wheel are often devastating. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can leave lasting scars on the surviving families of those who lose their lives as a result of such poor decisions.

A 9-year-old South Carolina girl was fatally injured in a recent car accident. The incident occurred on March 23 at about 2:20 p.m. The victim was a passenger in an eastbound SUV. A 46-year-old male was operating another vehicle that was also heading east on the same road at the same time. The events that led to the accident are still unclear as Highway Patrol investigators are continuing to piece together the sequence of events that led to the collision which sent the victim's vehicle over the guardrail.

The girl was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. At last report, the driver of the other vehicle was being held in a local detention center. He is charged with reckless homicide and DUI involving death.

When a loved one is killed as a result of a negligent driver, the devastation left behind can be felt by all parties involved. Auto accidents involving children are especially heart-wrenching. The family of the victim can choose to file a wrongful death claim in a South Carolina civil court. Compensation gained from a successful lawsuit can help cover medical and final expenses as well as other monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.

Source:, "Man charged in I-26 crash that killed 9-year-old girl from Summerville", Derrek Asberry, March 26, 2017

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