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Man faces new felony charges in connection with fatal collision

Authorities in South Carolina say that a man is facing new charges in connection with a fatal accident that happened on May 6. According to news sources, the 19-year-old Georgetown man had been facing a charge of felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily harm (death) since that time. Three weeks later, the man was taken into police custody once again and is now facing a second drunk driving charge. Sources report that the new charge stems from injuries suffered by a passenger in the decedent's car.

The incident occurred on Browns Ferry Road at 9:46 p.m. when the northbound Ford F-150 driven by the charged man crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Reports indicate that the driver of the Mercury died at the scene. The three passengers who had been traveling with him were transported to Grand Strand Medical Center where they were listed in critical condition. According to a South Carolina Highway Patrol official, the new charge was filed after authorities evaluated the extent of the passengers' injuries.

The charged man was reportedly not injured in the collision. He was originally detained following the administration of field sobriety tests when troopers allegedly found his performance on the tests to be unsatisfactory. In connection with the more recent drunk driving charge, the man was held at the Georgetown County Detention Center until his release on a $75,000 bond. At press time, court dates are pending.

The viability of felony drunk driving charges may depend on the following of proper protocols by authorities during the administration of sobriety tests. In this situation, the defendant' s attorney may be able to analyze the investigation report as well as evidence taken at the scene to identify weak spots in the prosecution's case in order to challenge the charges.

Source: South Strand News, "Georgetown man charged again in fatal crash," Max Hrenda, May 31, 2015

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