The story made national news when the young driver who was killed was driving on a stretch of State Highway 129 that was recently named for his heroic father, a National Guard sergeant killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
The fatal crash is a tragic reminder of how so many lives can be affected and changed in a split second by a drunk driver. Our personal injury lawyers in Anderson and Spartanburg know that drunk drivers are responsible for over 30% of total traffic fatalities in the country each year.
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported almost half of South Carolina traffic fatalities were a result of a crash in which at least one driver involved had a blood alcohol concentration of .01 or higher. Drunk driving is a serious crime in this state, as well as nationwide.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported after the incident that the 27 year-old drunk driver has been charged with three counts of felony DUI with injury, driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence with death.
The teenager, driving a Honda, was hit head-on by the accused drunk driver who allegedly swerved left of the center line. The three teen passengers were transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in critical condition while the driver was the only one fatally injured.
The Lee & Smith is dedicated to helping victims and their families involved in car accidents in Greenville, Spartanburg, Greensboro, Charlotte and elsewhere throughout North and South Carolina. If you have been seriously injured, call us for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-887-1965.