A fatal three-car wreck on I-26 on Saturday, February 20, led to DUI charges for one of the drivers after another driver died and two more people were hurt.
Authorities say the crash happened around 2:00 AM on I-26 westbound near mile marker 91. A 2014 Ford Pickup was moving westbound on I-26 when it slowed for other traffic. A 2019 Dodge Caravan immediately behind the Ford slowed as well. At that point a third vehicle, a Dodge Challenger, crashed into the back of the Caravan, pushing it into the first vehicle.
Sadly the Caravan’s driver, 48-year-old Michael Costner, was pronounced dead at the scene despite wearing a seatbelt. Two passengers in his car were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
SCHP officials report that the driver of the Dodge Challenger, Christian J. Luna, 27, was charged with felony DUI that resulted in death.
Although people often think of head-on crashes when they picture fatal accidents, rear-end accidents can be serious as well. Following too closely is a leading cause of rear-end collisions. It’s recommended that drivers allow at least two or three seconds between vehicles, or more if road conditions are hazardous or visibility is low.
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.
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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.