Driver Faces SC Felony DUI Charges After Striking and Killing a Bicyclist
Demetrius Cordell Hall, 24, was arrested on Saturday on charges of SC felony DUI resulting in death. As of Sunday afternoon, he was still being held in jail with $25,000 bond.
Victim Herminio Vasquez Mendoza, 33, died at the scene of the accident, according to Horry County deputy coroner Tamara Willard. The cause of death, determined after the autopsy, was multiple trauma.
According to police reports, Mendoza was headed south on US 17 South on his bicycle, in a residential part of the highway, when Hall, who was driving a Nissan, struck him. Hall continued for a few blocks before getting out of his car and walking back to the scene of the crash, where he encountered several officers. Police conducted a field sobriety test and found that Hall was intoxicated. They took him to Seacoast Medical Center for a blood sample, and while the results of the blood test have not yet been released, the test backed up their felony DUI charges.
DUI Accident and Wrongful Death Litigation in South Carolina
A felony dui accident can transform a routine drive into a life-changing catastrophe. Every year, thousands of drivers end up in a South Carolina car wreck, and on average about 800 of them will lose their lives.
Typical causes of car accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI), automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting radio or DVD player, or eating while driving.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, recklessness, DUI, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one.
Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:
- tractor trailer accident,
- automobile accident, including DUI accidents,
- burn injury,
- brain injury,
- motorcycle accident,
- construction site accident,
- defective product,
- toys or childrens’ product,
- medical malpractice claim,
- nursing home neglect and abuse, or an
- injury sustained while working on the job.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with DUI Car Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, whether from a defective product or in a DUI car accident, you may have a wrongful death case. Contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-cost consultation today. 803.252.4800