A 29-year-old man faces charges of drinking and driving after his pickup truck drove into a Burton Fire District station in South Carolina on Nov. 19. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported that the car accident happened around 5:30 p.m. The man faces charges of drinking and driving, driving without his seat belt and hit-and-run that resulted in property damage.
A 30-year-old woman from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was taken into police custody on Nov. 10. According to the report, the woman was traveling east on Highway 544 in a 1998 Jeep when she struck another woman on a moped.
Those who ride public transportation in South Carolina may be following the story of a fatal bus stop crash that occurred in Las Vegas in September 2012. On Nov. 1, a Clark County District Judge sentenced a 24-year-old man to 24 to 80 years in prison for felony DUI offenses arising from a car crash at a crowded Las Vegas transit bus stop that killed four people. The man previously pleaded guilty to five counts of DUI causing death or substantial bodily harm.
A 36-year-old man from Lexington County, South Carolina, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the death of a 21-year-old man he hit while he was alleged driving under the influence. The 21-year-old was going to turn 22 in just two days, and he was a worker for the United States Department of Transportation. The accident occurred in December on Interstate 20.
Orangeburg County was the scene of a fatal accident involving two people who were hit while operating motorcycles. At about 7 p.m. on Sept. 2, a 2009 Saturn was traveling south on Route 21 near Wire Road, when the driver presumably crossed the center line of Route 21 and hit two motorcycles operated by a 43-year-old Orangeburg man and a 50-year-old Columbia woman. The bodies of the two riders were identified by the pastor of a Columbia church.
A South Carolina high school student appeared at a bond hearing on Aug. 16 in connection with a fatal car accident that occurred last summer on Highway 101 in Greer. He is facing drug and drunk driving charges and was given a $50,000 bond at the hearing. The teenager's license will be suspended for 60 days, and he is required to wear an ankle monitor and submit to drug testing as conditions of his bond.
Four counts of felony DUI were lodged against a South Carolina man who, police say, drove the wrong way on I-385 and crashed head-on with another car, killing its driver and injuring her three children. The drunk driving charges included one count of felony DUI involving death, as well as three counts of felony DUI involving great bodily injury.
On July 14, 2013, a 28-year-old South Carolina man was charged with felony DUI and reckless homicide following an accident that left one of the passengers in a car he was driving dead. According to police, the arrested man lost control of his vehicle and struck a culvert, causing the vehicle to overturn. One passenger was ejected from the vehicle in the crash while another passenger was unharmed. The driver sustained minor injuries and was treated at a hospital close to the scene of the accident. He was taken into custody immediately upon his discharge from the hospital.
A Florence teen is facing felony charges of driving under the influence following a fatal car crash. A passenger in the other car was killed in the accident. The teen was taken into custody by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and was charged with one count of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury and one count of felony driving under the influence with death.
On June 15, 2013 in Columbus, South Carolina, a motorcyclist was killed in a hit and run accident involving a drunk driver. The 48-year-old motorcyclist was the first person in Columbus to die this year in an alcohol-related traffic accident.