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Man facing drunk driving charges after wreck that killed friend

As the summer comes to an end, many young adults are going out with their friends and getting in one last fun night before everyone goes their separate ways. Often times, these celebrations and get-togethers involve the consumption of alcohol. Although they are always meant to be a fun time, the unfortunately reality is that sometimes drinking with friends can end in disaster. This is what appears to have happened for a 21-year-old man in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The 21-year-old man was driving his vehicle down the highway shortly before midnight. His 21-year-old friend was a passenger in his vehicle. At one point during the drive, the man attempted to pass another vehicle that was traveling in front of him. Unfortunately, his car struck the other vehicle causing the 21-year-old's vehicle to run off the road and roll over.

The 21-year-old passenger in the vehicle that turned over was ejected from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 21-year-old driver is facing drunk driving charges as a result of the accident. The remainder of the details surrounding the car wreck are still under investigation.

This is truly a tragic situation for everyone that is involved. The young girl's family has found themselves facing a tragic situation and the young man has been charged with a crime. This is a tragic ending to a night that likely started with the goal of being a fun gathering amongst friends. However, those that are facing DUI charges should know that there are criminal defense attorneys that want to help in these types of situations.

When one is charged with a DUI, the potential consequences and penalties associated with a conviction for the behavior can be very severe. They may include monetary fines, jail or prison sentencing and a lifelong impact on the reputation of the accused. However, enlisting the assistance of an experienced DUI defense attorney may mean the mitigation of the severity of these potential negative impacts through a reduction in charges or, in the best of circumstances, a dismissal of the case.

Source: Live 5 News, "Man charged with DUI after friend dies in wreck," Aug. 26, 2013

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