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Motorcyclist Dies After Being Rear-Ended by Intoxicated Driver in Lexington, SC

The Labor Day weekend ended in tragedy for one Lexington, SC man after an intoxicated driver caused a deadly crash.

Authorities say that Jeremy Shane Smith, 49, was riding a 2006 Harley Davidson around 12:35 a.m. Sunday. He was on I-20 westbound near mile marker 39 (Batesburg-Leesville) when a Ford Mustang driven by DeAngelo Cunningham, 28, rear-ended him. Sadly, although Smith was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later caught up with Cunningham, who had left the scene of the accident, and arrested him for felony DUI and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Authority (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 30% of traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. One report ranked South Carolina as the fifth-worst state for drunk-driving fatalities, with 291 deaths attributed to drunk driving in 2018 alone. Unfortunately, DUI crashes and arrests also go up on holiday weekends when many people are out celebrating. Drivers should always make plans to have a designated driver when they will be drinking away from home, or have a ride-share app handy on their phone.

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 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.


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