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Man faces felony drunk driving charges after killing man

Many people fail to understand the consequences of drunk driving until they cause an accident that injures or even kills another person. A South Carolina man is facing felony drunk driving charges after he caused an accident in Simpsonville, a town about 90 minutes outside Columbia. The accident involved one other car and the impact killed the 38-year-old driver and injured his 15-year-old daughter.

The accident occurred on the evening of May 20 after the 24-year-old man was driving his pickup on Lee Vaughn Road. He turned right, ran off the road and lost control. When he tried to correct the vehicle, he hit the other car. The driver of the other car was wearing a seatbelt and became trapped inside the car. He died at the scene of the accident.

His 15-year-old daughter was a passenger in the front seat. She was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The driver of the pickup was also injured and taken to the hospital. He faces two felony drunk driving charges: one for injuring the daughter and the other for killing the man. Police are still investigating the accident.

Although a DUI charge is typically a misdemeanor, the charge can be elevated to a felony if aggravated circumstances exist. Bodily harm is one instance where the charge will be raised. In this case, because the man allegedly caused injury and death to the two other parties involved, he now faces felony charges.

When a person is involved in an accident, an officer may have reasonable suspicion to believe that a law has been broken. The people involved may be questioned and may even be given a breath test. If the results of field sobriety tests determine that a driver is most likely impaired, then the officer is permitted to arrest the driver.

Source: WYFF, “Driver charged with DUI in wreck that killed man, injured daughter,” May 21, 2013


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