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Fatal accident leads to felony DUI charge for South Carolina man

Any charge involving a DUI is a serious matter. However, when an accident results in the death of another caused by a drunk driver, a DUI charge turns into a felony DUI, which can have severe consequences. A South Carolina man that was recently involved in a fatal DUI accident may experience the severe repercussions that result from this charge.

A felony DUI charge may arise from a variety of situations. Some of these may include a head-on collision, high blood alcohol levels, serious bodily injury or death of a passenger or driver.

In this recent story, the man is facing a felony DUI after being involved in a collision that injured a driver of another vehicle and killed the passenger. The accident occurred July 28 around 10:50 p.m. One car was traveling east while the other was traveling north. The northbound vehicle struck the other, causing it to crash into a tree. The passenger of that car was pronounced dead. After the accident, the two drivers were transported to the hospital.

Authorities allege that the vehicle traveling north ran a stop sign and caused the accident. The man has been charged with DUI with death and felony DUI with great bodily injury.

Although felony DUI charges are very serious, they are not insurmountable. The appropriate defense can mean acquittal, dismissal or reduction of charges. Remember--one is innocent of a crime until proven otherwise. Felony DUI cases are multi-faceted, and it is therefore important to address the available legal options when approaching this type of case.

Source: aikenstandard.com, "Man faces felony DUI charges in car wreck," Karen Daily, July 31, 2012

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