Valerie D. Rhodes, 44, killed and Derious Pahmas Sutton, 21, arrested after car wreck on Highway 321 in Lexington County, South Carolina
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Roadway: Highway 321
Type: Car Accident
Topics: DWI – DUI – Alcohol or Drug Use, Wrong-way Crash
The Lexington County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in a wrong way DUI accident on Friday morning. Valerie D. Rhodes, 44, died at the scene of the Highway 321 accident., according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. The South Carolina Highway Patrol apprehended one man in connection with the accident and charged him with felony DUI involving death. Highway Patrol investigators say he was traveling south in the northbound lane. Derious Pahmas Sutton, 21, is in custody after troopers had to shut down parts of the highway near the Lexington Industrial Park.
From a legal stand-point, did you know that drunk driving accidents should not be evaluated monetarily without factoring in punitive damages. South Carolina juries are very serious about protecting the citizens of this state from those that become impaired and harm an innocent victim on the roadway. These cases are almost always punitive in nature and the value can certainly be increased by seeking the assistance of a qualified attorney. There are a whole host of questions that need to be asked and information that needs to be gathered to fully evaluate a case involving an impaired driver.
Situations like this are never an easy thing. It’s important to have someone on your side looking out for you or the family best interest. At Burriss and Ridgeway we are always more than happy to speak with someone and provide a free consultation about their accident and/or your injury at their convenience. Burriss & Ridgeway has law offices in Columbia, Orangeburg & Lexington, South Carolina. Visit http://www.burrisslaw.com to set up your appointment.