Orangeburg Man Charged in Fatal Accident

A man driving under the influence ran off the road and his vehicle turned over—resulting in the death of his passenger.
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An afternoon drive went terribly wrong in Orangeburg. We are saddened to report that there has been another fatality in the county this year.

Willie Laquadia Donta Guinyard, of Percheron Drive, Orangeburg, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer on Belleville Road. Around 3:35 pm, the vehicle ran off the road and flipped. 

The passenger, Antonia S. Fludd, of Seawright Street, Orangeburg, did not have a seatbelt on and was thrown from the Explorer. Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said she died at the scene due to blunt force injuries from the accident.

Guinyard was taken to a hospital by Orangeburg County EMS. He is currently in jail at the Orangeburg County Detention Center and being held without bond.

According to SC Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell, Guinyard is charged with:

  • Felony driving under the influence resulting in death
  • Second-offense driving under suspension
  • Second-offense possession of cocaine

 

Please drive sober, South Carolina!

We want to encourage everyone in SC to only drive when you are sober and alert. There have been entirely too many fatalities in 2020 already and we still have over four months to go this year.

Did you know that driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription narcotics, cocaine, and other drugs can cost you big time with fines and legal expenses? Not only that, it can cost you in jail time and can derail your career, your relationships, and your ability to drive in the future.

We encourage people to stay sober so they can drive and walk safely as pedestrians. But if you find yourself in a situation where your driving or walking may be impaired, consider calling a taxi service or use a ride share app like Uber or Lyft.

For more about driving offenses and drug offenses and the punishments, please click here.

Do you need a criminal defense attorney? At Burriss and Ridgeway, we handle criminal law cases including DUI and drug cases. 

Traffic Accident Statistics in South Carolina in 2020 (as of August 10, 2020)

Every one of these statistics represents real people who were living life not expecting anything out of the ordinary that day. They were just trying to get somewhere and ended up in a life-ending accident. We want to try to prevent as many accidents and deaths as possible. Even one fatality is one too many.

  • 511 fatal crashes 
  • 562 people killed
  • 88 pedestrians killed
  • 6 bicyclists killed
  • 62 motorcyclists killed

Please wear your seatbelts, SC!

Over 200 fatalities resulted in crashes where passengers were not wearing their seatbelts. Please remind your family, friends, and coworkers to buckle up before you drive anywhere every single time.

It’s a simple thing to do that takes about 2 seconds. It may just save your life or the life of someone you love.

Have you been injured by someone else’s negligence in a car wreck in South Carolina?

Burriss and Ridgeway can help you fight for your rights if you have been seriously injured in a car wreck in SC. 

Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

We service the entire state of South Carolina and have offices located in Orangeburg, Columbia, and Lexington, SC. We may be able to do virtual meetings or even come to you in certain situations.

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References:

The Times and Democrat on August 5, 2020

South Carolina Department of Public Safety Fatality Count

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