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Man accused of DUI in head-on collision

A driver has been charged with felonies related to drunk driving after a head-on automobile accident killed three people in South Carolina. The wreck happened at 12:17 a.m. on Nov. 8 as the two vehicles passed through the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 and East Calhoun Street in Anderson.

According to spokespeople from the South Carolina police, a 24-year-old man from Florida was driving a truck around a curve at more than 70 mph when he crossed the line in the center of the road and ran into an oncoming car. The accident killed three of the five people in the other vehicle and injured both the others. One of them, a 12-year-old girl, required an emergency tracheotomy in order to survive long enough to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The passenger in the truck was also critically injured in the accident.

The authorities believe that the driver of the pickup truck may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. The judge read the six felony charges against him at his first court appearance on Nov. 10. He faces three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm and three counts of felony DUI resulting in death. The police have suggested that he is a flight risk, resulting in the judge's denial of his request to return to Florida.

It may be helpful to consult with an attorney about planning a DUI defense. They may be able to suggest possible avenues for the mitigation or prevention of serious penalties. Felony DUI charges carry an array of consequences, which might include jail time and sizable fines. Other ancillary penalties, such as loss of driving privileges, mandatory alcohol abuse counseling and the installation of an ignition interlock device, may also be imposed.

Source: WYFF, "Driver charged, released from hospital after deadly wreck ", Liz Lohuis, November 09, 2014

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