On March 4, a man was allegedly driving drunk with five young children in a vehicle when he allegedly attempted to make a left turn in front of an oncoming semi on Highway 110. The children, ages 11-months to seven years, are reportedly the children of the man’s ex-girlfriend.
According to the South Carolina State Patrol, the 25-year-old male motorist from Fingerville faced arrest after his vehicle collided with the 18-wheeler in Spartanburg County, near Mayo.
Two Children in Serious Condition
Officers further reported that four of the children legally required car seats, but the South Carolina State Patrol reported that two of the four were not. All five of the children and the motorist required transport to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The hospital reported that two of the children remained at the hospital with reported head injuries. These children were listed in serious condition.
Multiple DUI Charges
The motorist now faces multiple charges, including two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. He was also charged with one count of child endangerment and with having an open container of beer or wine in the vehicle.
Although the investigation into this incident is ongoing, driving while under the influence may constitute negligent driving. Motorists that drive in a negligent manner are often sued by injured victims in South Carolina’s civil courts. Such litigation seeks compensation for certain medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.