According to police, the man lost control of his car in a curve and drove into the parking lot of the convenience store, where he hit two gas pumps. The passenger side of the car then crashed into the store’s front wall, causing it to erupt into flames. The car eventually stopped outside the building.
The 52-year-old victim was working in at the convenience store at the time of the collision and was trapped in the fire. She was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The building sustained substantial damage from the crash. Traffic was stopped for several hours on state route 85 as firefighters worked to put out the fire and police conducted their investigation.
State police took the driver of the vehicle into custody after he was identified through interviews. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger in his car attempted to flee the scene. He was found by police later in the day and was released from custody the following day with no charges pending.
The driver was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, vehicle homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, careless driving, reckless driving, making false reports, driving with a suspended license and DUI counts. He is being held in jail.
An attorney can help victims of accidents file suit against the driver responsible. A victim may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.