January 12, 2011 – The man who killed two Charleston students in a car accident has formally been charged with felony drunk driving. According to a report at Live 5 News, the driver was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed head-on into the couple’s car.
The soon-to-be-engaged couple was driving home from a family dinner on the night of Dec. 29. On Highway 302, their car was hit head-on by a Pathfinder SUV that drove into their lane. The driver was apparently trying to pass a car in front of him when he drove into oncoming traffic. A 22-year-old woman who attended the College of Charleston and her 24-year-old boyfriend were killed in the crash. The male victim was a student at the Charleston School of Law.
Police now say the driver who caused this fatal accident was drunk at the time of the crash. His exact blood-alcohol content has not been released. The driver was also speeding. Investigators estimate that he was traveling nearly 90 miles per hour when he hit the couple’s car. His next court date was not immediately available.