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One Dead in Multiple-Vehicle Crash Caused by Drunk Driver in Stolen Truck

ambulance responding to fatal crash with wrecked car

According to WCIV, a 43-year-old man died after a drunk driver crashed into his SUV on Dorchester Road in Summerville, South Carolina.

Driver Faces Several Charges

Police say William Sigman, 43, died in the fatal four-car crash on his way to work at Boeing. Sigman’s wife, also involved in the crash, drove in a car ahead of him. She did not receive injuries in the wreck.

Justen Wilkes, 21, caused the fatal crash in a pickup truck he stole around 5:00 a.m. Thursday. WCIV reports that Wilkes broke into the home of Eddie Taylor before taking the truck, as Taylor’s surveillance system caught Wilkes in the act.

Wilkes crashed over a concrete median and collided head-on with Sigman’s SUV.

A third person involved in the wreck sustained injuries and received treatment at a local hospital. Police say Wilkes is facing charges of burglary, felony DUI resulting in death, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death, and reckless homicide. WCIV reports that additional charges are pending and outside agencies may have charges of their own to file.

Wilkes was charged earlier this month for driving under the influence, but he posted bail.

Important Information about Drunk Driving Accidents

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

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
    • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities account for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

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