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1 man dies in wrong-way accident, driver charged

A 51-year-old South Carolina man was taken into custody and charged with felony DUI after he was believed to be involved in a wrong-way crash while under the influence that killed one person. The accident reportedly occurred on Feb. 23 on Interstate 20 at approximately 5:45 a.m.

The man was allegedly traveling east in the westbound lanes of the interstate with a suspended license. At mile marker 68, he allegedly collided with another driver. The other driver, a 41-year-old man, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The man accused of causing the wreck and a passenger that was in his vehicle were also both transported to a hospital, though their conditions were not known at the time of the crash.

It was revealed that the man has a history of DUI. He was reportedly convicted in February 2013 for DUI and has had six violations of driving with a suspended license. Two of these violations occurred after he was first charged with DUI.

Drunk driving charges can result in serious penalties, especially if the incident resulted in serious injury or death to someone else. In order to charge someone with DUI, the authorities must prove that the person was driving with a BAC over the legal limit of .08 percent or that the person's driving was significantly impaired.

An attorney may be able to provide a strong DUI defense for their client. If the evidence does not indicate that the person was drunk driving at the time of the crash and that the accident was caused by another factor, the charges may be reduced or dismissed altogether. Otherwise, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and the consequences significantly.

Source: WISTV, "Wrong-way driver has history of DUI, DUS", Lara Saavedra, February 24, 2014

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