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Fatal crash leads to felony DUI charges

For individuals charged with drunk driving in South Carolina, the repercussions can be severe. Punitive measures for a conviction range from fines and probation to a loss of one's driving privilege. In the most serious of cases, significant jail time is a possibility. Such is the case for a man who recently received felony DUI charges following a fatal crash that took the lives of two people.

The crash took place on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca, around 7:45 p.m. on a recent Saturday evening. Police say that a 52-year-old man driving a pickup truck broadsided a sedan carrying a married couple. A husband and wife, both in their late 20s, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Three additional vehicles were involved in the crash, and three occupants of those vehicles suffered less severe injuries.

Police arrested the driver of the pickup truck and charged him with felony driving under the influence connected to a fatality. As of the time of this report, he was being held within the Oconee County Detention Facility. There is no word on how he will respond to the charges.

As the South Carolina driver secures a legal team and prepares to answer to the felony DUI charges he now faces, a series of events will be set into motion. His criminal defense attorney will begin by making a careful examination of the evidence held by the prosecution, including the means by which the determination was made that he was impaired at the time of the accident. Should the evidence suggest that a conviction is likely in the case, the legal approach may shift to structuring a plea deal that would lessen any jail time in the matter in exchange for an admission of guilt.

Source: wyff4.com, "DUI charges filed in deadly 5-car crash", , Sep. 7, 2014

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