An 18-year-old high school student died early Sunday morning after sustaining severe chest and head injuries in a two-vehicle car accident, according to a Greenville County Deputy Coroner. The injuries suffered by the other three teens were not considered life threatening. Your Charleston, SC lawyers at Howell Law mentioned the potential for such accidents occurring on prom night in a previous blog post, however, these seemingly unfair tragedies do happen in spite of all precautions. According to reports, the fatal accident happened just before midnight this past Saturday. The aforementioned Deputy Coroner said the four teens had left their prom at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina and were en route to a bowling alley at the time of the car accident. It’s reported that an off-duty doctor treated the teen after happening upon the scene.
According to the Deputy Coroner, the driver of the car in which the deceased was a passenger turned right from the left-hand turning lane, crossing all lanes of traffic. The risky maneuver put the car in the way of a pickup truck that struck the car in the passenger door. The 21-year-old driver of the pickup truck was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
In other South Carolina teen news, an 18-year-old man of James Island faces charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and violating his beginner’s driving permit. The charges arise from an accident involving a 2005 Buick LaCrosse and a James Island residence. According to the Post and Courier, the young man was arrested Tuesday morning after his mother arrived at the scene and informed deputies that her son had returned home after fleeing the scene of the accident. The young man later disclosed to deputies that the Buick was approaching 85 mph when he lost control at a curve on a residential street. Fortunately, neither the young man, nor the 13- and 16-year-old passengers, sustained serious injuries in the auto accident. Although both passengers also fled the accident, they do not face criminal charges. Estimated damages total $60,000—$50,000 for the house and $10,000 for the car.
Again, in more South Carolina teen news, a 14-year-old boy was shot and fatally wounded just before midnight on Monday in an attempt to rob a drug dealer in Orangeburg County. According to the authorities, the boy had conspired to rob the drug dealer with two brothers, ages 17- and 20-years-old, both of which have charged with armed robbery. The 26-year-old drug dealer was also arrested but a report of the incident failed to indicate the charge(s) against him. It isn’t clear if any of the young men have retained a criminal defense attorney.
If you look back a few weeks, or simply click the link provided below, you will find a post in which your Charleston wrongful death attorney discussed the nationally publicized topic of “bed sharing”—the act of sharing a bed to sleep in with your child. As it turns out, just two days ago, there was an instance where the potential danger of bed sharing came to fruition. Officials in Rock Hill are investigating the death of a 2-month-old infant after her grandfather rolled atop her while sleeping. As of yesterday morning, authorities are treating the death as an accident and no charges have been filed.