Greenville County, SC (October 15, 2018) – 17-year-old Jessica Faye Adaline Adams was killed at about 11:52 PM on Saturday on Highway 25 near Pine Hill Drive. Also injured in the tragic accident were two 13-years-olds and one 20-year-old male.
Madison Bagwell, 19, of Pickens County was driving south on Highway 25 when she lost control of a Jeep Cherokee for reasons that have yet to be fully determined. She then drove off of the left side of the highway, crossed over the median, flipping the Jeep which then landed upside down in the path of oncoming traffic. Adams, who was not wearing her seatbelt was thrown from the vehicle. The teenager was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital and sadly, died from her injuries on Sunday morning. Also in the vehicle were two 13-year-old children and one 20-year-old male who were all treated for serious injuries, along with Bagwell.
Bagwell has since been charged felony DUI with death, two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injuries, child endangerment, and possession of marijuana. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating this accident.
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We offer our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the family of Jessica Adams during this dark time, and wish a healthful and speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.
I don’t think it comes as any great surprise that the consequences of a driving under the influence conviction are fairly serious. The harshest penalties are reserved for when a DUI results in a fatality, and it does not matter if the person who was killed was a passenger, driver, person in another vehicle or an onlooker. The impaired driver will be found at fault. Depending on the specific circumstances of the particular accident in question, most states have a wide variety of charges that could possibly be brought against someone who is charged with a DUI that resulted in a death. These charges include vehicular homicide, aggravated DUI, DUI manslaughter, negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and murder. The various charges that typically cover a fatal DUI accident are generally differentiated by the defendant’s mental state. In addition to these criminal charges, someone who has committed a DUI that resulted in death, the person will most likely also be hit with a civil suit for wrongful death. A wrongful death suit is an effort to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one through the drunk driver’s negligence.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver, you might want to think about filing a suit for wrongful death if you have not done so already. It is in you and your family’s best interest to get in touch with an experienced attorney. The Nye Law Group can help you establish the best course of action for your situation and help you claim what is rightfully yours.
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