According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2007 Chevrolet driver was going west on Highway 14 near Ford Lane when it collided with a man traveling east in a 2015 Ford.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, October 25, before 6 p.m., and the Chevrolet driver, a North Carolina man, was taken into custody following the fatal event.
The highway patrol said 54-year-old Ronald Edward Watkins of Mill Spring, was charged with felony DUI involving death.
The victim in the crash was identified as 29-year-old Jamie Nicole Belue, of Inman and an autopsy has been scheduled according to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.
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A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
We are heartbroken to hear about this senseless tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this terrible accident.
Due to the DUI charge, family members of the victim may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim and obtain punitive damages. Particularly if the victim was the breadwinner in this family, damages for loss of support and future earnings can be recovered. Fault and negligence appear to be clear in this matter due to the facts of the collision and the intoxication of the driver.
At Hammack Law Firm, we believe in holding those responsible for such tragedies accountable. We know these circumstances are devastating and overwhelming, and we make it our personal mission to help victims navigate this process. We will do everything in our power to bring justice to those who have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident caused by a negligent motorist, give us a call, we are here to serve you.