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Driver faces charges in fatal Bluffton crash

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A driver faces felony DUI charges in connection with a fatal crash that occurred Tuesday night.

The wreck occurred just before 9:30 p.m. on Bluffton Pkwy near Burnt Church Rd., just outside of The Lakes at Myrtle Park apartments. A South Carolina Highway Patrol representative said a trooper got the call at about 9:27p.m.

A 1996 maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse was going eastbound on the Bluffton Parkway and went into the median, went off on the right side and struck a tree. SCHP says the driver and passenger were wearing their seatbelts.

Passenger Jose Alfredo Santos-Garcia died at the scene. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. The driver Eduardo Gomez Santos, 23, was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in critical condition by Beaufort EMA. Lifestar could not fly due to weather conditions.

SCHP says it is going to serve a warrant against Gomez Santos for felony DUI and driving without a driver's license.

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