In March of this year, a Rock Hill man was arrested and charged with a felony DUI when he hit a bicyclist with his vehicle, and then fled the scene of the crime.
Accordingly, the accident occurred on a Friday evening, where the cyclist was travelling alongside Heckle Boulevard. The details are a little hazy, but the defendant apparently hit the cyclist, and then just kept driving.
Sadly, this “hit-and-run” accident took the life of the cyclist. It is unknown whether his fatality occurred immediately upon impact, or if the pedestrian could have survived.
The defendant stopped a few minutes later down the road, only after witnesses had already reported the defendants vehicle to officers.
He was subsequently charged with Felony DUI for his criminal behavior.
Although a misdemeanor, being charged with “drunk driving” is a very serious offense. Even if it is your first one and you did not cause an accident or injure anyone, the stigma and long-term consequences are quite harsh. If convicted or you agree to plead guilty, you will lose your license and can potentially lose your job. What’s more, you will never be able to get reasonable automobile insurance rates once you have a prior DUI on your permanent record.
In the event that someone loses their life while driving intoxicated, the defendant maybe charged with a Felony DUI. If you, or someone you know has been charged with any sort of DUI, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, to have your claim evaulated today. Call us at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.