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Teen killed in crash, DUI charges filed against motorcyclist

A recent motorcycle crash in Lexington County, South Carolina, has left a 19-year old woman dead and resulted in felony DUI charges against the motorcycle driver.

The driver, 20, was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a South Carolina Highway Patrol corporal. The driver was also allegedly speeding. He suffered minor injuries, was treated at a local hospital and then released.

The 19-year-old woman who was a passenger on his motorcycle was killed in the accident. Because of that, the driver faces a charge of felony DUI involving death. Additionally, he is alleged to have left the scene of the accident without doing anything to help the woman or to get help for her. He is also charged with hit and run and failure to perform the duties that a driver is obligated to in a crash.

Reportedly, the woman passenger was wearing a helmet, and the driver was not. However, he may been able to protect himself from injury. The woman passenger had no such advantage and died due to the injuries she suffered.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol has started an investigation to determine all of the circumstances that were involved in the crash. Their Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team will try to reconstruct what happened.

In cases like this, motorcyclists charged with a felony DUI will face a tough road in court. They will want to seek out the most experienced legal advice available in order to explore their options and protect their rights.

Source: ColaDaily.com, "Gilbert teen killed in motorcycle crash; driver to face DUI charge," Allen Wallace, Aug. 09, 2015

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