Drinking and driving can be a deadly combination, and this accident shows how serious it can become. South Carolina residents may have heard about this deadly motorcycle crash on the news recently. According to the reports, a man and woman were both hit and killed by an alleged drunken driver in Orangeburg County. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was driving a car that struck the two motorcyclists on a local highway when he crossed into the wrong lane.
The collision occurred at around 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The victims had been traveling on U.S. 21 near Wire Road when the 2008 Saturn traveling south in the opposite direction allegedly crossed the center line and struck them. No information was given on the state of the 21-year-old, but both victims, a male, age 43, and woman, age 50, were killed in the accident. According to the Highway Patrol, the 21-year-old driver faces several different charges including two counts of felony DUI.
The crash is still under investigation by the SCHP and the MAIT team, according to police. The victims have been named, as well as the driver of the vehicle, and the investigation will continue. The male victim was of Orangeburg and the female victim was from local Columbia.
This multiple-car accident resulted in the loss of two lives, and the accident could potentially have been avoided if alcohol was indeed involved. If you're in a similar type of car or motorcycle accident and have suffered injuries due to the negligence or driving habits of another driver, make sure to understand your rights. You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and for time you've had to spend away from work.
Source: 10 wistv.com, "Victims identified in deadly motorcycle crash" Chelsea Washington, Sep. 03, 2013