FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC – The driver accused of drunk driving that caused the death of a teenager on a fatal car collision was out on jail and awaiting trial for a previous DUI charge, as revealed during background check.
On the evening of Sunday, at about 7 p.m., just north of exit 41 on I-77 south, a 2000 model Saturn that was driven by Ricky Deal from Beaufort struck a 2004 Dodge Durango carrying seven people inside. The fatal collision took the life of 16-year-old Jimmy Williams of New Boston, Michigan. The victim was travelling with his parents, two siblings, and two family friends. The group was driving from Michigan to Florida for a family cruise. Jimmy Williams was declared dead on scene whilst the other six occupants were rushed to the hospital.
The suspect, Ricky Deel, was subsequently charged with felony driving under the influence involving a death, and two counts of felony driving under the influence involving great bodily injury, according to Lance Cpl. Elder.
A SLED background check revealed Deel’s traffic violation history dating back since 2008 and just two months before the crash, he was previously arrested with his first DUI charge. Deel was out on bond awaiting a jury trial on the night when the accident happened. Deel is still being held at Fairfield County Detention Center as of Monday.
A wreath and a cross could be seen at the place where the fatal crash occurred.
Authorities are asking anyone who have information or who have witnessed the crash to contact SC Highway Patrol at numbers (800) 768-1504 or dial *HP on your mobile phone. Columbia Injury Lawyer