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DUI on a Motorcycle Kills Teen Passenger in South Carolina

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A single-motorcycle crash in West Columbia, South Carolina (SC), left a teen passenger dead and the bike's driver facing multiple felony charges. The fatal wreck occurred near the intersection of Saint Davids Church Road and Augusta Road in Lexington County at around 3:30 am on August 8,2015.

 

 

 

According to ColaDaily.com, the man operating the motorcycle was intoxicated and speeding when he lost control and ran off the road. His 19-year-old passenger got ejected from the bike and sustained deadly injuries. The man then briefly fled the scene. After getting apprehended, he was charged with DUI resulting in death, causing a hit-and-run accident and failing to render aid to a crash victim.

So much that never needed to happen appears to have contributed to this tragic loss of loss. The first, and the one that should be most obvious, is that a person impaired by drugs or alcohol made the reckless and life-threatening decision to drive. Another sadly obvious truth is that friends of drunk and drugged driver often suffer the worst consequences, as passengers are the second most frequent victims in fatal DUI wrecks.

Last, while the at-fault motorcyclist may not have been able to save the life of the critically injured teen passenger, he had legal, moral and ethical duties to at least remain close and offer any comfort he could. Fleeing in order to escape responsibility and liability for hurting--in this case, killing--another person is never acceptable.

EJL

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