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Man charged with felony DUI after fatal accident

A fatal crash in South Carolina resulted in a 20-year-old man being charged with felony DUI and minor in possession of alcohol. The two-car accident took place on Johns Island around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and resulted in the death of the other driver. The accused driver was reportedly still recovering from his injuries at the Medical University of South Carolina when he posted $100,475 bail three days after the incident.

The alleged DUI incident happened when the accused man was driving an SUV and collided head-on with another SUV being driven by a 17-year-old female. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. A police incident report stated that before the crash, the accused driver had been witnessed passing other vehicles at excessive speeds. After drifting off the right side of the road, the driver apparently overcorrected and crossed the centerline.

Although deputies at the scene reported that the man displayed physical signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, an odor of alcohol and watery, bloodshot eyes, his attorney has stated that evidence may prove he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Due to his injuries from the accident, the defendant was unable to satisfactorily complete a field sobriety test.

If a driver charged with DUI after a fatal accident wishes to dispute the charge, the individual might explain that alleged indicators of intoxication were not caused by alcohol. For instance, the person could argue that they were unable to pass a field sobriety test solely because of the injuries they sustained during the crash. Other indicators, such as slurred speech, could be the result of trauma the driver was experiencing.

Source: WCSC, "Man, 20, charged with felony DUI in Johns Island teen's death", Philip Weiss, August 19, 2014

Source: WCSC, "Man, 20, charged with felony DUI in Johns Island teen's death", Philip Weiss, August 19, 2014

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