Georgetown, SC- Two South Carolina teens are facing serious charges after causing they both caused fatal DUI accidents, one in Florence and one in Myrtle Beach. Both of the men could face time in jail and negatively impact their futures.
The first fatal accident occurred Friday in, just after 11 p.m. when Taifa Kituku, 18, ran a red light and collided with another vehicle, which was carrying two passengers. Both those passengers were able to walk away from the accident, but a passenger in Kituku’s car, an 18 year-old male, was killed at the scene, WBTW News 13 reported.
Kituku sobbed following the accident, and told police the accident was his fault.
The other deadly crash involving a teen-aged drunken driver occurred on Saturday,and led to the death of a 22 year-old Orangeburg woman. The driver, 18 year-old Nicklas Surls, was charged with felony driving under the influence with death and the felony driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.
A Students Against Drunk Driving survey from April showed that one-third of teens admit that they have driven under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs at some point. The study also showed that teens were more likely to drink at events where there is no adult supervision.
Both these accidents demonstrate how dangerous driving under the influence specifically if the driver is teenager who lacks the driving experience of an adult. Traffic accidents, including ones caused by intoxicated drivers, are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
Regardless of the seriousness of the charges a person is facing, it is critical that the alleged offender retains a Georgetown DUI attorney. The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 18 is significantly lower that for drivers over the legal drinking age .02 compared to .08 for adults.
A DUI, especially one that involves a fatality, regardless of the driver’s age can lead to incarceration, loss of driving privileges and heavy fines. In addition to the criminal penalties, a DUI also remains on a person’s record for many years. If the driver is under age, having a DUI in their record can affect college admissions and future job prospects.
Drink drivers of any age should be held accountable for their actions, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to present a defense on their behalves. Everyone makes mistakes, but a DUI attorney will make certain you don’t pay for that mistake for the rest of your life.
Your Georgetown DUI attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your arrest and subsequent charges. Your attorney will examine whether the officer had probable cause to stop you, and if you failed field sobriety tests because of mitigating circumstances related to health conditions or past injuries.
Last fall, South Carolina lawmakers change to a system that determines the severity of an alleged offender charges based on their level intoxication. The results of these blood alcohol tests should be examine for accuracy to make certain an individual has not been unfairly charged.