Fort Mill Driver Facing DUI Charge Following Death of Motorcyclist

Motorcycle hit by car, Fort Mill driver faces DUI charge

A Fort Mill driver has been charged with driving under the influence after her car was involved in a crash with a motorcyclist just before midnight on Thursday.

The accident occurred on U.S. 521 near Edgewater Corporate Center in Indian Land.

Forty-one-year-old Ronald Hamilton Jr. of Fort Mill died at the scene.

Master Trooper Brandon Bolt of the S.C. Highway Patrol said 41-year-old Vickie Morell, the Fort Mill driver, is now facing a charge of driving under the influence resulting in death. The offense is a felony.

Hamilton was on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle while Morell was driving a 2015 Acura sedan.

They were both heading south on U.S. 521 when the car allegedly rear-ended the bike. The impact threw Hamilton from his motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet.

The SCHP said Morell subsequently ran off the road and hit a tree. The vehicle overturned multiple times.

Morell was not injured in the accident and she was booked into the Lancaster County Detention Center.

If she is convicted, she could face up to 25 years in prison.

This crash was the 13th fatal accident in Lancaster County for the year so far.

Meanwhile, the SCHP says one person died in an Orangeburg County crash on Sunday.

The accident happened around 8:39 a.m.

Trooper Nick Pye with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said officials responded to a crash on Lauderdale Road near Highway 6 in Orangeburg County.

An eastbound 2017 Hyundai sedan reportedly veered off the road and struck a tree on the left side of the road.

According to Pye, the driver was wearing a seatbelt but they suffered fatal injuries.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

If your loved one was killed in a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a South Carolina car accident lawyer for advice.

Source: https://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/crime/article254675967.html

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