Teen killed on I-77, man charged with felony DUI - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Teen killed on I-77, man charged with felony DUI

Ricky Lance Deel (Source: Fairfield County Detention Center) Ricky Lance Deel (Source: Fairfield County Detention Center)
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A Lowcountry man has been charged with felony DUI after troopers say he caused a collision that killed a teenager on his way to Florida for a holiday cruise Sunday evening on Interstate 77.

According to the Highway Patrol, Ricky Lance Deel, 34, of Beaufort was driving a 2000 Saturn southbound on I-77 near mile marker 41 around 6:50 p.m. when he made contact with a Dodge Durango carrying seven people.

A teenager was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of the crash. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey identified the victim as 16-year-old James Franklin Williams of New Boston, Michigan.

The other six people in the Durango were transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital with unknown injuries.

A family member says all seven were traveling from Michigan to Florida to embark on a cruise to the Bahamas.

Deel was arrested and transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center where he remained in custody Monday morning.

The accident is under investigation by the Highway Patrol's MAIT team.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • breaking

    Arrest made in discovery of opium poppy plants in Catawba County

    Arrest made in discovery of opium poppy plants in Catawba County

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:34:17 GMT
    Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

    The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the plants were found off Poultry Lane near Claremont.

    More >>

    The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says the plants were found off Poultry Lane near Claremont.

    More >>
  • Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Deadly virus threatens local crawfish industry

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:26:19 GMT

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>

    A deadly virus is threatening the crawfish industry in Southwest Louisiana. It's called white spot syndrome virus and it was first discovered in Thailand, but somehow it made its way to ponds in South Louisiana and specialists are struggling to find the funds to research a solution.  “The catch was increasing and increasing and then it dropped 70% and that's when you saw the dead crawfish floating in the water,” said a crawfish farmer of 34 years, Ian Garbarino. He...

    More >>
  • Three charged in Kingston Frazier's death will face charges in Hinds County

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 22:26:16 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the three will be charged with auto theft and kidnapping in Hinds County.

    More >>

    Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the three will be charged with auto theft and kidnapping in Hinds County.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly