South Carolina police were called to the scene of a terrible car crash on a recent Wednesday afternoon. A collision involving three vehicles slowed traffic in Spartanburg, near the intersection of East Blackstock Road and Arbours West Lane. Unfortunately, one of the drivers involved in the accident lost her life. Another was arrested and charged with felony DUI.
Police believe that a 43-year-old man was driving under the influence when his vehicle struck the back of another car that was stopped in a turn lane on East Blackstock Road. That collision pushed the turning vehicle into the lanes of oncoming traffic, which led to a head-on collision. The force of that collision led to injuries that ended the life of a 75-year-old woman.
There is no mention of how police determined that the man was impaired at the time of the incident. In addition, it is unclear whether he is suspected of drinking and driving or operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. In addition to the felony DUI charge, he is also charged with the unlawful possession and distribution of prescription drugs.
In some cases, individuals who are under the care of a physician and using prescribed medication are involved in motor vehicle accidents. The underlying medical condition can play a causal role in such accidents, as can certain side effects from the prescribed medication, or an unexpected reaction when different medicines are combined. There is no way to know if the man charged in this case was ill or under a doctor’s care. However, as he prepares his legal response in this felony DUI case, it is possible that he may have been in rightful possession of the medications found within his vehicle, and that a medical condition played a part in the South Carolina crash that led to a tragic loss of life.