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Woman involved in fatal accident had prior DUI

A mistake can be a good thing if we learn from it. Failing to learn a lesson from a serious mistake, however, can result in dire consequences, not just for the one who repeats the mistake but for others as well. Unfortunately, this can be said about a South Carolina woman who recently caused a fatal accident.

Reportedly, the 36-year-old female driver had been charged with drinking and driving in 2008. She had enrolled in a drug and alcohol safety program and had been provided with a provisional license that permitted her to drive in the state for six months. Then, in 2009, records show that the woman had rear-ended a vehicle.

On Feb. 10, the woman was driving in Rock Hill, South Carolina, north of Columbia, when she rammed her SUV into the rear of a sedan that was stopped at a light. The impact pushed the sedan, driven by a 22-year-old woman, into a head-on collision with an oncoming car. The sedan's driver was taken to a medical center, where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver who allegedly initiated the accident and the one who was in the oncoming vehicle were uninjured.

According to the Highway Patrol, the 36-year-old's blood alcohol content was 0.20 percent, more than twice the 0.08 percent legal limit. She was charged with felony driving under the influence in which death results, a charge that carries a maximum fine of $25,100 and a 25-year prison term.

The loss of a loved one brings much pain and suffering, and the grief is even more devastating when the death is due to someone's negligence. Additionally, families can fall subject to financial hardships, particularly if the victim was the family breadwinner. When negligence is involved, a victim's family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to alleviate at least the financial difficulties associated with the loss.

Source: The State, "Rock Hill Woman Charged in Traffic Death Had Previous DUI," Jonathan McFadden, Feb. 12, 2014

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