Charleston accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC want you to know that in South Carolina a South Carolinian, who was driving under the influence, caused a fatal car accident the left one man dead and four others seriously injured as a result of the fatal crash. The drunk driver who caused the wreck was identified as Brian Stephens. Police took him into custody on a Sunday. He was charged with multiple criminal violations including, but not limited to, DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DUS (Driving Under Suspension). He also apparently tried to flee the accident scene and was also charged with this as a third offense. Given that there was serious bodily injury and death he was charged with felony counts for his DUI. The crash happened on I-26 in the upstate of South Carolina.
Reportedly, and according to police, the defendant's vehicle was seen swerving while driving West on Interstate 26 late that Saturday night. His vehicle then struck a sports utility vehicle at a high rate of speed. The car crash only involved the two vehicles but the SUV had 5 people inside it including the driver. The driver and all 4 passengers were taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The driver was later pronounced dead the next day. He and his family were apparently returning from a summer vacation when the deadly car crash occurred.
Howell and Christmas, LLC Commentary: No matter how many laws are passed and no matter how harsh the penalties are for driving under the influence, some people continue to drink too much and get behind the wheel and drive. Unfortunately, this selfish behavior affects the lives of thousands each year who are or now someone who is seriously injured in South Carolina by these reckless actions. When someone drinks and drives and hurts or kills another they must of course be prosecuted by the state to the fullest extent of the law. Victims and their families must also bring civil law suits to protect themselves and be reimbursed for medical bills, lost wages, injuries and other damages they incur as a result of these accidents.
Source: Associated Press - August 3, 2009