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Driver Faces DUI Charge after Striking, Killing Pedestrian

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According to WSPA, an alleged drunk driver faces charges after crashing into a pedestrian and leaving him with fatal injuries, before fleeing the scene on foot in Greenville, South Carolina, on Wednesday night.

Details of the Pedestrian-Car Wreck

Michael Edward Carson, 48, was walking on Arch Street at 9:50 p.m. local time when the fatal crash occurred. Police say 26-year-old Lonel Ali Teasley was traveling west on Arch Street when he illegally passed a car and left the roadway.

Carson was struck by Teasley’s car and thrown several feet, suffering from multi-body trauma, reports WSPA. He died at the scene of the crash. Following the collision, Teasley fled the area on foot before the South Carolina State Highway Patrol apprehended him.

Teasley faces a felony DUI charge and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, reports WSPA. Teasley was not injured in the collision.

Pedestrian-related Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • In 2014, 65,000 pedestrian were injured in traffic crashes.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.

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