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$50K bond for suspect in fatal drag race crash

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Jared McRae Mahler, 25 (Source: MBPD) Jared McRae Mahler, 25 (Source: MBPD)
Jared McRae Mahler in court Tuesday morning. Jared McRae Mahler in court Tuesday morning.
Crash photo from witness on scene (Source: Ken Baker) Crash photo from witness on scene (Source: Ken Baker)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - What started as a race down Highway 17 Business, according to witnesses, ended in a fatal car crash with one man facing charges in the death of the passenger in his car.

Horry County Coroner Darris Fowler confirms 27-year-old Jacob Young died in the single car accident Monday night in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Police say the accident happened around 5:30 p.m., and involved a 1990s Camaro crashing into a tree near 48th Avenue North and Kings Highway.

Police say early indications suggest two vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed, which may have contributed to the crash. Young was a passenger in the Camaro with 25-year-old Jared McRae Mahler behind the wheel.

Larry Church witnessed the crash and says he can't believe how fast the vehicles were traveling.

"These two cars came drag racing down 17 Business, [going] at least 100 miles per hour, if not faster," Church claims. "This vehicle here [referencing the Camaro] lost control...and crashed into that tree over there, and the car immediately caught fire."

Suzanne Swearengen works directly across the street from where the accident happened. She was one of the first people to help keep Young alive.

"Then I saw them pulling out the passenger through the driver's side. When we laid him down, we checked his pulse and such and knew he wasn't stable. So I began doing CPR chest compressions," Swearengen said.

Fowler says Young died around 6:25 p.m. Monday night. The driver of the Camaro, Mahler, was treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and is now behind bars following the fatal crash. Results from the blood tests taken at the hospital will not be back for weeks, Captain Knipes said.

Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes says Jared Mahler is charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death.

When Mahler appeared before Judge Clifford Welsh at the Ted Collins Law Enforcement Center for a bond hearing Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., he had sling on his right arm.

The judge gave him a $50,000 surety bond for felony DUI, and noted that though he is a Florida resident, Mahler was most recently residing in Spartanburg, SC with his fiancé.

Mahler will be transported to J. Reuben Long Detention Center, and is expected back in court for sentencing in Horry County on December 21.

During the bond hearing, Judge Clifford Welsh said, "I know you probably feel bad enough as it is, but you might as well have taken a gun and shot this guy. 100 miles an hour on Highway 17 at 5:30 in the afternoon?"

Captain Knipes tells WMBF News that Myrtle Beach Police are still looking for the other vehicle involved, and are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 918-1382.

Fowler says it's unclear if McRae or Young were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The autopsy performed on Jacob Young Tuesday morning confirms he died from multiple traumas as a result of a traffic accident. A witness who remains anonymous said she helped unlatch both Mahler and Young's seatbelt. So, according to a witness, both men were wearing a seatbelt.

The autopsy performed on Jacob Young Tuesday morning confirms he died from multiple traumas as a result of a traffic accident.

"It probably hit me later that night when I came home and found out he passed away. That was probably when I thought… well alright I was one of the last people with him," Swearengen said.

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