A 34-year-old Loris man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence and causing the death of a passenger in his car.
The tragic crash occurred in North Myrtle Beach, during the early morning hours of February 16. Police reported that the suspect was traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 when he struck two oncoming vehicles at around 3 a.m.
The collision forced the two cars to crash into a white truck. One of the cars, a Hyundai, had two people inside that required professional extraction by firefighters.
The drunk driverâ€™s passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was killed in the accident. Preliminary autopsy results showed that the young man died from multiple forms of trauma.
Police said the driver smelled like alcohol, slurred his speech and was unsteady on his feet when they reached the accident. An officer conducted three field sobriety tests at the crash site, all of which the driver failed.
At the police department, the suspect submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew a 0.19, well above South Carolinaâ€™s legal limit of .08. After his plea, the driver was originally sentenced to eight years, but the judge suspended the sentence to four years and ordered the man to pay court costs.
This accident shows how much alcohol affects a driverâ€™s reasoning and judgment. This man was driving the wrong way on the highway at 3 a.m., and was not aware of that fact until he struck several cars head-on. Unfortunately, his revelation did not come in time to save his passengerâ€™s life.
Once you see the damage drunk driving can cause, you realize that these drivers do not deserve sympathy. Their reckless and selfish behavior endangers the lives of everyone on the road, and no prison sentence or court fees can compensate for a lost life.
Car Accident Attorneys in South Carolina
If you were injured by a drunk driver, call Proffitt & Cox to discuss your case with one of our licensed attorneys. Your injuries could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages, and may permanently damage your body. With our help, you can make sure that the driver is held responsible.
[Did You Know: South Carolina has the third most DUI-related accidents and deaths in the country.]
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