A Columbia man who was arrested in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident is accused of driving drunk, failing to yield and fleeing the scene, among a host of other potential charges. Authorities had not set bail as of June 17 and the man was still in custody as of that time.
Details of the accident are relatively few. Police believe that the suspect was attempting a left turn on June 15 as the victim approached on his motorcycle. The suspect turned when too late and forced the motorcycle to crash into the car's right front door.
The suspect allegedly left the scene of the motorcycle accident. Somebody called 911 and EMTs rushed the victim to the hospital, where he was declared deceased. His age and where he was from was not revealed.
The suspect eventually returned to the accident site, where police arrested him. He faces numerous charges, including DUI manslaughter, hit and run involving a death, failure to render aid, drug possession with intent to distribute and open container in a motor vehicle.
A spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department said it was the first fatal drunk driving accident in the city in 2013. While that is a low number, even one person killed by a driver who is under the influence in South Carolina is one too many. Unfortunately, some drivers choose to drive drunk. Others fail to respect motorcycles' rights on the road and a terrible collision is the result. When a rider survives a collision, he or she could suffer long-term disability from back or head injuries.
Source: The Herald, "SC man charged with DUI after deadly motorcycle crash," John Monk, June 17, 2013