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Teen driver out on bond after fatal crash

Teens' experimentation with drugs and alcohol is always a hot topic in the news, but we do not always hear about those who are charged with drunk driving. One young man from North Carolina is facing criminal charges in connection with a fatal wreck on July 24, when he reportedly collided head-on with another vehicle in Greer. The 18-year-old high school student has, through the work of his attorneys, been released on bond until the next phase of his criminal proceeding.

Officers at the scene were unable to judge for themselves whether the young man was intoxicated, largely because he was whisked away in a medical helicopter shortly after the crash. As a result, prosecutors relied upon medical records to determine whether the driver was coherent at the time of the collision. Authorities report that the young man's blood alcohol was 0.03 percent, higher than the state's legal limit for minor drivers. In addition, tests revealed that the teen was under the influence of marijuana, seizure medication and methamphetamine.

It is not as though the young man has not suffered already. He was hospitalized for 11 days after the fatal crash. He was able to heal from his serious injuries in time to be arrested in late August for charges of felony DUI involving death and reckless homicide.

Still, the young man's credibility appears damaged because he continued to accumulate traffic citations in the weeks after the wreck. He is accused of driving too fast for conditions, driving on the wrong side of the road and executing improper lane changes in Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

Most of us know that even the most cautious young drivers tend to make poor decisions when they get behind the wheel. After just two years of driving, this young man may have over-estimated his abilities. A criminal defense attorney in this case was able to lower the bond to a manageable $50,000, which will allow the teen to return to his high school classes.

www.goupstate.com, "High school student gets bond in fatal car wreck" Felicia Kitzmiller, Aug. 16, 2013

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