An Upstate male charged with felony DUI soon after a lethal head-on crash was denied bond Saturday all through a virtual bond listening to.
Larry Dean Graham, 69, of Chesnee, was killed in the crash. His 72-12 months-previous spouse was hurt.
Graham’s wife did not surface during the bond listening to but shared a information via her daughter Charity Jolley. “Larry and I have been married for 52 a long time. This person who chose to consume and drive took away not only my spouse but also took absent my soulmate and my greatest friend.”
Byron Smith, 24, was arrested Friday and charged with felony DUI involving loss of life and DUI involving excellent bodily damage. According to the decide, Smith faces up to 40 yrs in prison.
The crash happened Wednesday on West Manning Avenue, the day ahead of Graham’s 70th birthday, family members stated.
Freeway Patrol stated Smith was driving a pickup truck heading north on West Manning Street when it veered off the road, overcorrected and hit the Smith’s sedan, head-on.
“I just despise that my parents are evidence of what we know that consuming and driving has lethal repercussions,” Jolley claimed.
MADD Spokeswoman Kimberly Cockrell attended the digital bond listening to.
“Your honor, December — a year in the past — Larry beat double pneumonia and possible COVID. He had a chance to battle. He experienced a possibility and he survived it,” Cockrell mentioned. “He didn’t have a probability with this crash.”
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