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Felony DUI charge follows fatal pedestrian accident

Being involved in a serious car accident is difficult for all parties. While the bulk of attention always turns toward those injured in the incident and the family of individuals who lost their lives, the event can often be devastating to others who were involved. Such may be the case in a recent accident in South Carolina that ended the life of a young man with a promising future, and left another man with a felony DUI charge and a lifetime of knowledge that he is responsible for another family's tragic loss.

The accident took place in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. A 23-year-old man, a recent Citadel graduate, was walking in the emergency lanes of I-26 when a vehicle stopped to offer assistance. Another vehicle approached the scene, and the driver swerved to avoid a collision with the stopped car. The maneuver caused the driver to strike the pedestrian instead, sending his body over the guard rail.

The driver who struck the young man was also injured in the accident, and recently went through a surgical procedure. As he recovers from his injuries, he will also have to address the criminal charges against him. He is charged with felony DUI, and it is uncertain if additional charges could follow.

Let there be no mistake, the loss of life that resulted from this event is tragic. However, the circumstances that led to this pedestrian accident suggest that the matter was just that: an accident. There is no indication that the second driver saw the young man standing near the stopped vehicle, or that the incident could have been avoided.

As the case moves forward, the legal team tasked with defending the man charged with felony DUI will make a thorough review of all evidence held within the case. While there is no way to determine how they might proceed, it is possible that the determination of the driver's intoxication could be called into question. In addition, the defense may argue that the conditions that led to this fatal accident contributed to the loss of life, and that the same result could have occurred with any South Carolina driver.

Source: live5news.com, "Citadel grad struck, killed while walking on I-26", Corey Davis, Nov. 9, 2014

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