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Felony DUI charges after young man dies in crash

Whenever a life is lost in a car accident, the result is a deeply felt personal tragedy for the friends and family of the deceased. This is true regardless of how a crash came to be, or who is at fault in the matter. However, when the suggestion of drunk driving is entered into the equation, the community often responds with a great deal of anger toward the individual charged with felony DUI. While this is understandable, it does not take into account the fact that many DUI cases do not result in convictions, and that not everyone accused of drunk driving is guilty as charged.

A recent case has made headlines across the state of South Carolina. A collision took place between a Ford Explorer and a Jeep Cherokee, on Red Bluff Road in Horry County. The driver of the Ford was heading southbound as the Cherokee approached in the eastbound lanes of travel. Police assert that the driver of the Ford allowed his vehicle to cross the center line, at which point a collision occurred.

A 26-year-old man within the Jeep was fatally injured in the crash. The driver of the Ford was also injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police later arrested the 32-year-old man and charged him with felony DUI. There is no word on whether sobriety testing was conducted at the scene of the crash, or how police determined that the driver was impaired.

As this case moves through the South Carolina legal process, it is important to remember that not every case involving felony DUI charges will result in a conviction. Upon more detailed review of the evidence, some cases are dropped before they reach trial. Others result in a verdict of not guilty. While the loss of life in this car accident is tragic, the man accused of causing the collision has the right to be presumed innocent until proved otherwise.

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