Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After Pastor, Friend Killed on I-20 in Columbia, SC
A prominent Columbia pastor and a friend of his were killed on Saturday, June 15 after a suspected drunk driver struck them while they were changing a flat tire on Interstate 20 just outside of Columbia.
49-year-old Rev. Brian Kinney Walker was helping his friend, 45-year-old Andrew Tad Reeser, change a tire on the side of the highway when they were struck by a vehicle. According to the police, Carnelius Joseph Floyd was driving under the influence and crashed into another vehicle on the side of the road, pushing it into the van that Walker and Reeser were working on.
Reeser died at the scene, while Walker was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Richland Hospital shortly after the crash. Two of Walker’s family members – his wife Pattie and daughter Isabella – were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the crash.
Walker was a pastor at Bennettsville First Church of the Nazarene.
Floyd has been charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Drunk Driving Crashes in South Carolina
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents families who have been affected by fatal drunk driving crashes. Here is some general information from Brian regarding the legal options available to these families in South Carolina:
Fatal drunk driving crashes are some of life’s worst tragedies. The families of these victims are forced to suffer and grieve over the preventable loss of a loved one. In the aftermath of these tragedies, it’s important for families to be aware of their legal options. While taking legal action can’t change the past, it can demand accountability from those responsible and provide families with the financial support they need and deserve.
In South Carolina and several other states, drunk driving victims and their families have a few legal options. In fatal crashes, the family may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. For non-fatal crashes, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them.
But the legal options for victims and their families don’t always end here. In some cases, victims of drunk driving crashes in South Carolina may also have grounds for a “dram shop” lawsuit against an alcohol vendor who served the drunk driver prior to the crash.
According to South Carolina law, an alcohol vendor can be sued for a drunk driving crash caused by one of their customers if the vendor served the customer when he or she was visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21.
Each drunk driving case has its own unique circumstances which determine the available legal options for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
Interstate 20 in Columbia, SC
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