SC man charged in fatal memorial highway crash

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Posted: Apr 09, 2011 9:19 PM
SC man charged in fatal memorial highway crash

A South Carolina man has been charged with four felony DUI counts in a crash that killed a high school senior on a stretch of highway named for his father, a soldier who died in Afghanistan.

S.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Sid Gaulden said Saturday that 27-year-old Michael Blake White faces the DUI counts, one involving death, and a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Authorities said White on Thursday morning was driving a pickup truck that crossed the center line of Highway 129 and smashed head-on into the car carrying 18-year-old Aaron Hill and three other students.

Hill was pronounced dead at the scene along the section known as the Sergeant Shawn F. Hill Memorial Highway. The soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008.