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Driver Charged in DUI Accident That Led to Passenger’s Death in Charlotte, SC

A single-car crash on Sunday evening, July 19, left one person dead, another injured, and the driver in jail on DUI charges.

Authorities responded to the wreck around a little before 10 PM on Sunday. They say, Jonathan William Malave, 38, was in a 2001 Acura when he drove off the right side of the road into a culvert. The car then careened back across the highway and off the left side of the road into a ditch, where it overturned.

One passenger, who has not yet been identified, was thrown from the car and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger was injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Malave was not hurt. He was charged with felony DUI resulting in death, and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, and remains in jail without bond.

DUI crashes can be deadly, and in fact, this was the second fatal crash involving a DUI in York County just this weekend. An earlier accident led to the tragic death of a motorcyclist. Drivers should always plan on having a designated driver if they’re going drink while away from home, or have a ride-share app handy on their phone. It’s also important for drivers to ensure passengers are wearing seat belts, which is easier to do while sober.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

For over 25 years the auto accident attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss. 

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.

Posted In: Carolina Accident News

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