Driver Charged With DUI After Motorcyclist Dies in Lancaster County, SC Crash

Author: Auger Law | October 3rd, 2021

A Fort Mill, SC man is dead after his motorcycle was rear-ended in Lancaster County, SC on Thursday, September 30.

Authorities say the accident happened around 11:50 p.m. on U.S. 521 near Edgewater Corporate Parkway in the Indian Land area. Ronald Hamilton, Jr, 41, of Fort Mill, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on U.S. 521. A 2015 Acura Sedan was moving in the same direction when the Sedan rear-ended the motorcycle. Sadly, Hamilton was thrown from the motorcycle, and despite wearing a helmet, he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers report that the driver of the Sedan, 41-year-old Vickie Morell, also of Fort Mill, was arrested and charged with felony DUI involving death. She was not injured in the crash.

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.

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 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 losses. 

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.


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