In 2011, an intoxicated 20-year-old University of South Carolina student drove up onto a sidewalk, hitting two cars and killing a pastor. The drunk driving accident occurred at Whaley and Assembly Street where the student ran a red light at the intersection. Witnesses stated that the student's Ford Escape continued on the sidewalk for roughly half a block before impact. The 71-year-old Midlands pastor, who occupied the second vehicle that was hit, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident. The drunk driving charges were heard by a Columbia judge nearly two years after the fatal accident occurred. Although the student could have been sentenced for 25 years, the judge imposed a prison sentence of 15 years and a $10,100 fine following the student's guilty plea to the DUI charge. Her sentence was suspended to one year with a five-year probation.
A 27-year-old Hanahan woman was arrested and charged with felony DUI in late January after being involved in a deadly accident in Charleston County. The woman is now facing several drunk driving charges, including felony DUI with great bodily injury and felony DUI with death, according to a news report.The accident resulted in the death of a 35-year-old Charleston man and the injuries of several others. The woman would have been charged with a felony even if this had been her first DUI offense. She was already awaiting trial on a previous misdemeanor DUI that she had been charged with one year earlier.