Drunk driving reportedly to blame in fatal Carolina hit-and-run car accident

WISTV-10 is reporting on the progress of a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

A 19 year old University of South Carolina freshman opened his eyes during a pain test, which is encouraging news after he was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver.
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The freshman was crossing Assembly Street near the Sonic Drive-In and USC’s Swearingen Building when he was hit by the vehicle which sped away. Luckily occupants in a cab saw the accident and called 911. The cab driver followed the fleeing vehicle until the police caught up to the driver.

The police arrested the 23-year-old suspect at her home. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give information and render aid, and felony DUI. Law enforcement reported she failed the field sobriety test given at the time of arrest.

The victim suffered injuries requiring multiple surgeries but doctors hope he will soon be off the ventilator and breathing on his own.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 894 fatal South Carolina car crashes in 2009. Of those 423 were alcohol related. Over one-third of the time the drivers involved in an alcohol-related fatal crash was 21 to 24 years old.

Deadly roads reports that South Carolina Law states that if you are involved in an accident that kills or injures someone you must stop and wait for law enforcement. The penalties for not stopping are as follows:

-If you hit someone but the injuries are not serious, this is a misdemeanor and a conviction carries imprisonment of 30 days to 1 year and fines of $100 to $5,000, or both.

-If you hit someone and the injuries are serious: this is a felony and a conviction carries imprisonment of 30 days to 10 years and fines of $5,000 to $10,000.

-If you hit someone and kill them; this is a felony and a conviction carries imprisonment of 1 year to 25 years and fines of $10,000 to $25,000.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact our South Carolina car accident lawyers in Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenville.
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