According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 48-year-old North Carolina man is dead after being struck by a car while he was pushing his stalled SUV on McArthur Road.

The man was pushing his 1995 Ford SUV early Wednesday morning wen he was struck from behind by a man driving a 2013 Hyundai.

The 31-year-old driver of the Hyundai was charged with driving under the influence.

There was also a woman witness who had been steering the SUV.  However, she left the scene after the accident.

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Studies reveal that of the 10,839 people who were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2009 were drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.  The remaining fatalities that year consisted of 2,891 motor-vehicle occupants and 667 non-occupants.  If you plan on consuming alcohol, be sure to make plans for your traveling or arrange for a designated driver.  Unfortunately, drunk driving continues to injure people and take lives, despite widespread action to counteract and prevent its occurrence.  If you have been involved in a drunk driving incident, call the Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.