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Columbia woman facing felony DUI charge for hitting pedestrian

There are numerous actions that can be considered a violation for South Carolina drivers -- one of them is driving with a blood alcohol content that is higher than the legally limit of .08. When it is determined that drivers are under the influence of alcohol, they can be charged with driving under the influence, which is typically a misdemeanor. However, if the circumstances surrounding the accident are severe enough, it could result in felony DUI charges.

A resident of Columbia, South Carolina has been charged with felony DUI after the car she was driving struck a pedestrian and caused the individual to suffer fatal injuries as a result of the accident. According to police reports, the 26-year-old man was walking in a painted median when he was struck by the 53-year-old woman's vehicle. The accident occurred a little before 10:00 p.m. on a Saturday night.

The pedestrian was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. However, medical professionals were not able to save him and he passed away early the next morning.

Facing a DUI charge is always a difficult matter personally and legally. However, facing a felony DUI charge is even more serious and can be very difficult to defend. Due to the increased severity and serious penalties associated with a felony DUI charge defendants should make sure they understand the charges against them and the possible defenses available. In addition, those facing felony DUI charges should make sure that all of their constitutional rights were upheld during the criminal proceedings. If defendants' rights are violated, some evidence may be excluded from court.

Source: The State, "Columbia woman faces felony DUI after pedestrian's death," April 8, 2013

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