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Felony DUI charges filed in June fatal accident

South Carolina readers may recall media coverage of a terrible accident that took place this June in Orangeburg. The crash ended the life of a 25-year-old man who was riding in the car of a friend. Now, more than three months later, the driver of that vehicle is facing felony DUI charges. This likely comes as a relief to the family of the young man who was killed in the crash.

The crash took place in the early morning hours, when police say that the 28-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway and overturned, throwing both men out of the vehicle. While the driver was injured in the crash, his passenger and friend was unable to survive his injuries, and died as a result. Testing revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol level of .11 at the time of the crash.

Families are able to get through virtually anything, up to and including the loss of a loved one in an automobile accident. However, losing a loved one to a drunk driving crash is a difficult hurdle for many to cross. The fact that this death was utterly avoidable may make it hard for the man's family to move beyond their loss.

Now that the driver will face felony DUI charges, the family of the deceased may find a measure of justice in the eventual result of the criminal case. However, they also reserve the right to pursue a wrongful death suit, if they choose to do so. For now, many in South Carolina may follow the case to find out how the court will address this tragic and avoidable loss of life.

Source: wsav.com, "SC man charged with felony DUI in June car crash", , Sept. 17, 2014

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