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1 dead, several injured in Charleston crash

If you're traveling out of the area for vacation or to see friends, the last thing you'd expect is to be involved in a life-ending accident. Unfortunately for a man from Illinois, that's what happened when he went for a visit to South Carolina.

The news reports that the man died after being involved in a collision with another vehicle at around 2:15 a.m. near Charleston's waterfront. At the time, a 2016 Mazda had been passing through the intersection of Meeting and Columbus streets when a 2004 pickup went through a red light and hit the Mazda on its passenger side. This caused the vehicle to go on to slam into a building located at the corner of the intersection.

Of the four people in the Mazda, one, the front-seat passenger, was killed. The driver suffered serious internal injuries, and the two other passengers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. The people in the Ford pickup also suffered injuries described as nonlife-threatening.

The 30-year-old driver of the Ford pickup was taken to Al Cannon Detention Center and charged with felony driving under the influence for injury and death. He also has been charged with reckless homicide and jailed with a $450,000 bond.

Sadly, this was the city's first traffic fatality of 2019, and it's one that could have been avoided. Drivers who are intoxicated should never be behind the wheel. If they hurt you or your family members, know that you have a right to file a claim and to take a stand to hold them accountable for their actions and how they affected you.

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