Driver Charged with Felony DUI Resulting in Death After Fatal Crash on Highway 322
25-year-old Tyler James Cummings was charged with felony DUI resulting in death following a crash that left one person dead and two others seriously injured in York County, South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
The crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on McConnells Highway near the intersection with Brattonsville Road. In addition to the previously mentioned charge, Cummings has also been charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.
According to highway troopers, Cummings was driving a 2004 truck and crossed the center line of McConnells Highway, crashing into a 2007 Honda with five people inside. One of the passengers in that Honda was killed, but their name has not been publicly released.
The driver and one passenger from the Honda were hospitalized with serious injuries. An infant and a 3-year-old child were also in the Honda, but were not injured.
Cummings is also charged with driving under suspension and use of a vehicle without permission. He is being held at the York Couty jail without bond.
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Financial Compensation For Drunk Driving Crash Victims & Families in South Carolina
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVicitm.Attorney fights for justice for drunk driving crash victims and their families. Here is some general information from Brain concerning the legal options available to these victims and families in South Carolina:
In every state, people who have been injured by drunk drivers (and the families of those killed by them) may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Additionally, South Carolina and many other states allow these victims and families to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors who serve drunk drivers prior to these crashes – depending on certain circumstances.
While this second type of lawsuit is typically known as a dram shop claim, South Carolina does not have any specific dram shop laws on the books. However, the South Carolina Supreme Court has made several decisions which allow lawsuits to be filed against alcohol vendors in specific situations.
Under South Carolina law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for alcohol-related injuries caused by their customers if:
- alcohol was sold to a minor, the minor became intoxicated from that alcohol, and then injured someone else because of that intoxication, or
- alcohol was sold to a visibly intoxicated adult who caused an injury to someone else.
Each drunk driving injury case is different and your legal options will depend on the circumstances of the crash. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
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