The decision to drink and drive is never a good one. Those who choose to drive while intoxicated put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. Nowhere is this more evident in a recent tragedy in South Carolina near Spartanburg. The wreck happened in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, leaving surviving family members to grieve and mourn their loss at a time of celebration.
News reports state the accident occurred about 4 p.m. Reportedly, the two-car crash happened in Wellford near the intersection of Spartan Exchange Road and Nazareth Road. Apparently, a car driven by a 34-year-old woman crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle.
The victim was described as a 66-year-old woman, also from Wellford. A coroner with the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office declared her deceased at the scene. She also had a young passenger in the car with her, who was airlifted to a local medical center for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Alleged at-fault driver charged
The 34-year-old woman allegedly responsible for causing the accident was arrested on suspicion on DUI and was charged with felony DUI with death. As the surviving family is likely considering their options for justice, they may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the alleged at-fault driver to pursue recovery of monetary damages. Information regarding the woman’s arrest on DUI may serve as evidence in a civil claim against her, and the surviving loved ones will want to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney to help them obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.