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South Carolina teen faces drunk driving charges for fatal crash

Drunk driving charges can come with serious repercussions. Possible penalties include license suspension, expensive fines, installation of an ignition interlock device and incarceration. An accused person also faces the burden of having their reputation tarnished, and a South Carolina teenager is presently facing such consequences.

The 19-year-old was charged with seven felony charges, which include three counts of DUI resulting to injury or death and one count for failing to stop for a red light leading to death. The drunk driving charges stemmed from an incident that happened on Highway 110. The teenager was reportedly driving at high speed and collided with a sedan driven by a 43-year-old woman. The woman, along with her 65-year-old mother, died in the crash. Her 11-year-old daughter and husband were hospitalized.

The teenager was treated in a hospital and was arrested after being discharged from the medical facility. According to the Cherokee County Coroner, a patrol car's video showed that the teenager raced past the patrol car less than sixty seconds before the crash. Subsequently, the deputy arrived at the scene of the accident in 50 seconds. In a hearing, the teenager reportedly told officials that he had drank a pint of rum, taken drugs and smoked marijuana before the fatal accident. The 19-year-old was denied bail.

Facing drunk driving charges is an uphill climb. Besides the stated consequences, an accused will also deal with the emotional strain that such allegations can place on relationships with family and friends. There is also the possibility of employment troubles.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "S.C. teen driver charged in deaths of woman, mother," Steve Lyttle, March 25, 2014

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