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South Carolina man accused of drunk driving in fatal crash

A South Carolina man was involved in a fatal crash with a mother and two children that occurred on Interstate 26. After the crash occurred, the 29-year-old mother was taken to The Medical University of South Carolina and later died. Officials state that there were two children in the car with her: one of whom was not restrained. The children were also taken to the hospital; their conditions as well as their relations to the mother have not been released.

The 30-year-old man who was driving the vehicle that hit the woman and two children is accused of drunk driving and was charged with a felony DUI involving death and great bodily injury as well as two counts of child endangerment. The man is being held on a $94,665 bond for drunk driving charges at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Individuals convicted of driving while intoxicated face dire penalties, such as stiff fines and county jail or state prison sentences. They may also be required to refrain from alcoholic substances during probationary periods as well as have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles. Additionally, they are subject to increased insurance premiums and the possibility of being sued by other parties involved in the crash for damages and restitution.

The severity of the consequences is influenced by a variety of factors, such as whether or not anyone was killed or injured in the crash as well as the alleged drunk driver's prior driving record. A skilled DUI lawyer can help negotiate penalties for DUI charges, sometimes getting the charges reduced to those that carry lesser sentences. A lawyer may also be able to advocate the need for rehab rather than jail time for defendants.

Source: WBTW, "SC mom dies, 2 children hurt in crash with drunk driver, police say," March, 13, 2013

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