Cyclist Severely Injured, Driver Arrested Following Suspected DUI Crash
62-year-old David Francis Reilly was arrested and charged with felony DUI after his vehicle struck and severely injured a bicyclist on August 21. The accident happened shortly before 11:45 p.m. on Marshland Road near Chisholm Place in Hilton Head.
The cyclist, who has not been named, was a 28-year-old North Carolina man. He was left with “incapacitating injuries” and rushed to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. No further details on the man’s injuries or status were available as of August 22.
Reilly was charged with felony DUI because the accident resulted in “great bodily injury” to the man. According to South Carolina law, a great bodily injury is an injury “which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.”
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents in South Carolina
Here is experienced DUI victim lawyer Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney with some thoughts on how the civil courts can help DUI victims in South Carolina:
When an innocent driver is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, the victim may have a couple of options for securing financial compensation for damages related to their injuries. First, the victim could file a personal injury claim against the driver in civil court. Additionally, South Carolina and most other states have dram shop laws which allow third parties to be held liable for contributing to a drunk driving accident.
South Carolina allows victims to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors to be held liable for drunk driving injuries if they served alcohol to the drunk driver after that individual had become visibly intoxicated or if the individual was under age 21. Social hosts can also be held liable for serving alcohol to minors at private gatherings if one of those minors injures someone else in a drunk driving accident.
Intersection Where DUI Accident With Cyclist Happened