Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road. Drinking and driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, or driving while under the influence of marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs can slow reaction times or lead to erratic driving patterns. In the event of a collision, investigators will always seek to determine whether a driver was impaired. In a recent South Carolina tragedy, a 26-year-old man was criminally charged after a deadly accident killed his 2-year-old daughter and injured two other children.
According to reports, defendant was driving north on White Plains Road when he veered off the left side of the road and smashed into a street sign and a garbage can before slamming into a tree.
Police indicated that the 2-year-old was riding in a booster car seat in the rear seat. Immediately after the accident, emergency responders arrived at the scene and worked to save the life of the child. She was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The father was charged with reckless homicide after a solicitor told the judge that he tested positive for marijuana and admitted to smoking before the accident. It was estimated that the driver was traveling at 65 or 70 miles per hour at the time of the collision, even though the posted speed limit was 45.
The investigation is still ongoing, but another state trooper reported that he pulled over the defendant earlier in the day after he caught him traveling at 83 in a 55 mile per hour zone. He was stopped on the same road only a mile from where the crash took place. According to the defendant, the accident took place when the child stood up and tried to climb out of her booster seat. When he turned around to get her back into her seat, the car veered off the road resulting in the fatal crash. This is an example of the very real risk of both distracted driving and potentially, the use of marijuana or other mind-altering substances behind the wheel.
Defendant alleges that the young victim should have been in a regular car seat because she was not old enough to stay put in her booster seat. In fact, he and his wife had been arguing over whether the child should be in a regular car seat or a booster seat the morning of the accident. Defendant is now facing criminal charges and could be sentenced to jail if convicted. The prosecution is still waiting for blood test evidence and suggests that there may be additional criminal charges. Two other children, aged 5 and 6, were also transported to the hospital but their condition is unknown. The accident is still under investigation.
In the event of an auto accident, victims and their loved ones should consult with an experienced advocate. Our Spartanburg auto accident attorneys are committed to providing informed and strategic representation to ensure that our clients collect the full compensation they are entitled to. We will investigate every detail to determine the cause of the accident and identify every responsible individual or entity.
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