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Most South Carolina motorists know the rules of the road. The speed of the vehicle should be in conjunction with the driving conditions at the time. For example, if it is foggy, rainy or icy, the need to slow down for better visibility and control of the vehicle becomes paramount. Otherwise, the likelihood of a car accident increases exponentially.

For an inexperienced driver who has not yet learned this important and valuable lesson, there could be fatal consequences. An 18-year-old man who was driving faster than current conditions warranted found this out the hard way. The result was the death of a 17-year-old passenger riding in the car with him. It is unknown if the driver was injured in the accident.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department, the teen driver was speeding in unsafe conditions when he lost control of his car. The vehicle rammed into several trees in Ladson. Police charged the man with vehicular homicide, unsafe driving that resulted in death, reckless endangerment and driving without insurance. The driver remains in custody of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department, pending a bond hearing.

It will be up to South Carolina prosecutors to prove that the driver is guilty of the charges brought against him. If so, any evidence that is used in securing a conviction may be used by the family of the deceased passenger as proof of negligence in a wrongful death claim against the driver. Any monetary restitution awarded may help defray any financial burdens on the family resulting from the car accident that took the life of their loved one.

Source: live5news.com, Teen charged with reckless homicide in fatal Ladson crash, Philip Weiss, Feb. 4, 2014


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