As Jenna W. Garraux explains in the video below, even if a drunk driver faces criminal punishment, his or her victims will have to file a civil lawsuit to recover the money they need to pay for hospital bills and funeral costs.
Recently, Anderson, South Carolina was struck with a tragedy when a drunk driver caused a wreck that left three people dead. According to WYFF, the victims of the DUI crash included a 17-year-old girl, a 20-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man. The alleged drunk driver involved is a 24-year-old assistant college baseball coach.
An officer with the Anderson Police Department said that the 24-year-old man was attempting to take a curve at over 70 miles per hour leading up to the wreck, which occurred just after midnight on a Saturday. The collision happened at the intersection of US Highway 29 and East Calhoun Street. According to authorities, the 24-year-old driver’s vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the victims’ car.
In addition to the fatalities, a 17-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were seriously injured in the crash. After the wreck, the 24-year-old driver admitted to police he had been drinking. He is facing six felony charges following the drunk driving incident, including three charges for DUI resulting in death and three for DUI resulting in great bodily harm.