A woman involved in a fatal DUI crash that caused the death of a three-year-old has now been charged. She was formally charged last Thursday and remains in custody.
The accident itself took place back on January 9 on Highway 66. Heather Grace Boyd, 23, of Loris was driving east on the highway. She lost control of the vehicle or misjudged so that her vehicle crossed the centre line and came into the path of the oncoming traffic’s lane. It was around this time that Boyd’s vehicle struck a westbound car head-on.
According to the troopers with South Carolina Highway Patrol, the head-on collision was very severe. It caused critical injuries to Allura Rose Blacknell, aged 3, who later died from her injuries. Another passenger in the other vehicle was also seriously injured and had to be air-lifted and rushed to a hospital.
The authorities had been investigating the crash and Boyd has now been charged in connection with it. Two charges have been brought up against Boyd. These include felony DUI resulting in death as well as felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm. Both are serious charges in the state of South Carolina.
For felony DUI resulting in death, the prison sentence is a minimum of 1 year up to a maximum of 25 years. At the same time, the guilty individual will be required to pay a fine of at least $10,100 and no more than $25,100. For felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, the prison sentence is a minimum of 1 month up to a maximum of 15 years. The fines imposed in this case range from a minimum of $5,100 to a maximum of $10,100. Boyd is currently detained at the J. Reuben Long Detection Center. Her bond has been set at $50,000.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, contact the Bateman firm today. The penalties for a DUI can be severe, even if it’s your first offense. With the right DUI attorney, you can fight the charges you’re facing.