A head-on collision in Georgetown County, South Carolina (SC), being blamed on driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has left one person dead and three others hospitalized with serious injuries. The fatal May 5, 2015, wreck occurred on Brown's Ferry Road, a short distance north of the intersection with Brick Chimney Road.
According to state police, a pickup truck being driven by a 20-year-old man crossed the center line of the road also known as State Highway 51 before crashing into a car going in the opposite direction. The man behind the wheel of the car lost his life, and three passengers in the smaller vehicle sustained injuries. Neither the pickup driver nor the person riding with him got hurt in the deadly crash.
No person should ever drive after getting drunk or high, and the at-fault driver involved in this head-on collision should not have been using alcohol at all because he is under the legal drinking age of 21. Pointing out those uncorrectable mistakes does nothing to lessen the terrible loss suffered by the friends and family members of the man who died in the car. Nor will it ease the pain or speed the recovery of the injured car passengers.
Still, the deadly risks of drunk and drugged driving cannot be emphasized strongly or often enough. My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have had to help too many families work through the financial and emotional difficulties inflicted on them by reckless intoxicated drivers. The only safe and responsible choice to make after choosing to drink or use drugs is to stay home or make sure a sober person takes the wheel.