A 24-year-old man is facing two charges relating to driving under the influence following a Marlboro County accident on Saturday.
Cpl. Matt Southern of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the Marlboro County accident happened around 3:50 p.m. on Highway 79 close to Adamsville Road North.
Southern said a northbound Jeep Wrangler crossed the center line and became involved in a collision with a Hyundai Accent that was traveling on the other side of the highway.
An unidentified backseat passenger of the Hyundai died while the driver and another passenger were taken to hospital with injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Jeep, Peyton Nicolas Grooms, was subsequently arrested and charged with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.
He was taken to the Marlboro County Detention Center and his bond hearing was scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Abbeville County coroner has identified the man who died after his vehicle ran off the road on Sunday night.
He is 29-year-old Daverio Myrell Walton.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at around 11:30 p.m. as Walton headed east along Keowee Road close to Bell Road.
His vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway, crashed into a fence and an embankment, and subsequently overturned multiple times.
According to troopers, Walton was not wearing a seatbelt. He died at the scene.
There were reportedly three other people in the vehicle and they were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Their identities were not released.
If your loved one died in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to get compensation for your losses. Contact a South Carolina car accident lawyer to find out if you have a case.