A driver with previous DUI charges was arrested on Monday, October 25, following a crash that left one person dead and two injured.
Authorities say the accident happened on Monday night. Michael Oerther, 52, was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he struck the back of a Honda Civic that was stopped at Carolina Forest Boulevard and Stafford Drive.
Sadly, a back seat passenger in the Civic, Leza Watts, 27, of Carolina Forest, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Civic’s driver and front seat passenger were taken to a local hospital with injuries.
Oerther, a math teacher at Horry County Schools, was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death. Court records show he was previously arrested for DUI charges in 2005, 2009, and 2011. He was found guilty in 2005, plead guilty to the 2009 charges, and the 2011 charges were dismissed.
Unfortunately, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of DUI fatalities in the country. The Zebra, an online insurance brokerage, reports that about 30 percent of auto accident fatalities in the state were related to drunk driving. South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for alcohol-related accident deaths. Motorists should always plan on having a designated driver, or using a ride share app, when drinking away from home.
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Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.