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Drugged driving kills man, sends teen to prison

A South Carolina teen is facing punishment for a fatal car accident he caused in July 2012. The 18-year-old could face up to six years in prison for reckless homicide caused by drugged driving.

The teen was traveling on Highway 101 in the early morning hours when he crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver, a 40-year-old man, died after he was trapped inside. The teen was hospitalized after suffering injuries in the crash.

Initially, the teen was charged with speeding, but toxicology reports showed that he had drugs -- including prescription medications, marijuana and meth -- in his system at the time of the crash. Despite the amount of drugs in his body, his blood alcohol level was at 0.03, below the state's legal limit.

The teen is now in prison and could be there for as long as six years. He could be released early for good behavior.

Even though the teen in this case was not legally intoxicated, he experienced a lack of judgment and perception due to his drug use. Everyone makes mistakes and unfortunately, this teen's mistake led to a fatality.

While in prison, the teen has an incentive to stay out of trouble: an early release. If he doesn't behave, he could spend the entire six years -- or even longer -- in prison. However, by proving that he has learned from his mistakes, he may be able to get out of prison in just a few years. He will be in his early 20s -- a young man -- and still able to positively contribute to society.

Source: WYFF, "Upstate teen sent to prison for deadly DUI crash" Stephanie Moore, Jun. 18, 2014

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