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Man charged with DWI after fatal accident

A 20-year-old man from Little River, South Carolina, is in custody on suspicion of felony DWI after a car crash that claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman, also a Little River resident. The accident happened about 6:15 on the morning of Jan. 12 on Highway 90 near Longs.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol investigation is ongoing at this time. According to the preliminary reports from the police, the man was driving a 1999 Toyota eastbound on Highway 90 when he crossed the center line and ran head on into a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz that was traveling the opposite direction. Although both drivers were wearing their seat belts, the driver of the Cruz was fatally injured and died at the scene.

The other driver was taken to an area hospital and treated for his injuries. After he was released, he was taken into custody on drunk driving charges, and on Jan. 15 he was formally charged with felony driving under the influence, death results. He was incarcerated in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where his bond was set at $50,000

A driver found guilty of this sort of felony will face severe legal penalties. Since the accident resulted in a fatality, their driver's license would be suspended for five years. The driver would face fines between $10,000 and $25,000, as well as a term of imprisonment between one and 25 years. The law specifies that at least the first year of the sentence must be served in prison and not on probation. The assistance of a professional lawyer is invaluable in such a circumstance, negotiating with the court and mitigating of the legal hazards.

Source: WMBF, "Man charged for DUI in connection to fatal crash on Hwy 90", January 17, 2014

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