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Man charged with DUI in fatal South Carolina crash

A 29-year-old man is facing felony DUI charges following a fatal crash along westbound Interstate 20. The accident happened in Richland County near the 69 mile marker when the man's 2008 four-door Chrysler allegedly hit a 2004 Chrysler SUV from behind.

The 52-year-old driver of the SUV spun into a tree after his vehicle was hit in the early hours of May 2. He had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time and died at the scene due to multiple injuries. Traffic stalled for several hours on the interstate following the accident.

Reports did not specify the nature of the charges being pressed against the 29-year-old driver. It is possible that authorities could have noted signs of intoxicated behavior such as slurred speech, erratic behavior or alcohol on the driver's breath. Whether or not the man agreed to or refused field sobriety tests, a breath or blood test may also play a part in the DUI defense. If the driver was found to be under the influence of multiple substances, the severity of the offenses may increase. Another factor that the prosecution may take into consideration is whether or not this is the driver's first offense.

In the instance of a vehicular accident resulting in fatality, a defendant may wish to enter a plea bargain. The driver might opt to plead guilty to some charges in hopes that a prosecutor might work with the defense attorney on an agreement that results in fewer penalties or a shorter sentence for the accused.

Source: The State, "One killed, one arrested in I-20 crash ", Anne-Kathryn Flanagan, May 02, 2014

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