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A woman is facing charges for causing an accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman. According to prosecutors, the woman responsible for the accident was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the left and the right on Interstate 77 near Rock Hill, North Carolina.

The woman facing charges crashed into another vehicle and both vehicles sailed down an embankment. The fatally injured woman had to be cut from the car before a helicopter could take her to a Charlotte hospital. She would have turned 24 in just a few days.

The defendant was taken to Piedmont Medical Center. According to the prosecutor, the woman fought with police while she was undergoing a blood test to determine her blood alcohol level and also when she was arrested.

The family of the woman who died was incensed at the bond that was set by the York County magistrate -- $75,000. She also is required to turn in her driver's license until the case is over.

In a letter written by the victim's mother, she said, "Instead of planning for a birthday party I am planning for a funeral. My daughter is dead because one person decided to get drunk. [The victim] would want me to forgive you."

The woman has previous arrests for narcotics and marijuana possession, as well as driving infractions. The victim's sister said the amount of the bond is not right and feels the woman should be in jail for life.

When facing DUI charges involving an accident, it is important to get experienced representation quickly. Your attorney can determine what parts of the case may not be strong enough in court and can help you determine how to proceed with your defense.

Source: The State, "‘Lacee would want me to forgive you,’ mother of drunk-driving victim tells suspect," Teddy Kulmala and Andrew Dys, June 10, 2016

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