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Man Charged with DUI After Ambulance Collision

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A man driving a company vehicle has been charged with driving under the influence after an accident that involved an ambulance.

Details about the DUI Accident

Live 5 News is reporting that Florence Officials have confirmed that an ambulance and a pickup truck were involved in an accident on Wednesday morning on Church Street at about 5 a.m. Three people in the accident were sent to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The driver of the pickup is an employee for a lumber company who was driving a company vehicle at the time of the accident. That driver was charged with driving under the influence and for driving with a suspended license, according to officials.

A public information officer confirmed stated that the emergency crew in the ambulance was responding to a call when the incident took place. Medics in the ambulance were two of the people who were taken to the hospital.

Two people taken to the hospital suffered from non-life threatening injuries, but one of the medics was suffering from serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. It has been noted that the ambulance was not carrying any patients at the time of the accident.

The driver of the pickup, 45-year-old Jody Lynn Heglar, was released from the hospital and charged with felony DUI and for driving with a suspended license.

The accident is currently under investigation by the City of Florence Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Important Information about Driving Under the Influence

In South Carolina, hundreds of people are killed every year in wrongful death accidents related to driving under the influence, according to Mothers against Drunk Driving:

  • Emma’s Law – a law requiring the implementation of ignition interlocks on all DUI offenders was passed in 2014.
  • 335 people were killed in DUI related accidents in 2013.
  • DUI fatalities accounted for nearly 44 percent of all total traffic fatalities in 2013.


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