Charges were handed down recently against a Moore resident accused of causing an October crash that killed one person and injured another. The 48-year-old woman reportedly faces charges of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm and felony DUI resulting in death; she was taken into custody by authorities Nov. 25 and has since been released.
According to an incident report from the Greer Police Department, the accused woman was driving a Toyota 4Runner on Highway 290 Oct. 11 when she crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by a 66-year-old woman and carrying an 85-year-old woman; both occupants were Greer residents. Both drivers involved were reportedly injured and transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The head-on collision killed the 85-year-old woman. Police reported that she had not been wearing her seat belt.
Police additionally reported that officers at the scene noticed a can of beer along with spilled beer inside the Moore woman’s vehicle. They completed their investigation of the incident with help from the South Carolina Highway Patrol‘s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
The state of South Carolina takes charges of drinking and driving very seriously. Convictions for felony DUI may lead to severe penalties such as fines, time in custody, driver’s license suspension or revocation and the installation of an ignition interlock device. A skilled Greenville, SC DUI defense lawyer may be able to work on a defendant’s behalf to reduce the severity of the penalties by either questioning the admissibility of the prosecution’s evidence or by negotiating with the prosecution if its case against the defendant is strong.
In the latter scenario, one potential avenue to explore is a plea agreement. If a defendant with a prior record of DUIs volunteers to seek treatment for alcohol dependency, for instance, the prosecution might be willing to reduce some of the penalties. In the former scenario, it may be possible to call into question the results of a blood or breath test if it is suspected that officers did not follow proper protocols during a DUI evaluation or use regularly calibrated Breathalyzer equipment.