Man falls asleep at wheel killing passenger

Published: Sep. 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM EDT
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JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) - A Charleston man is behind bars after leaving the scene of  a wreck on I-95 in Jasper County in which his  passenger was killed.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged Ludvin Joathan Andrez-Gonazlez with leaving the scene of a wreck involving a death, driving too fast for conditions and  driving without a valid South Carolina driver's license, according to the .

Andrez-Gonazlez was traveling southbound on I-95 near mile marker 29 in a 1999 Ford Expedition when he fell asleep at the wheel.  The SUV ran off the right side of the interstate. He then overcorrected and the SUV rolled. Andrez-Gonzalez ran off, but was found and arrested four hours later by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, with the help of the K-9 tracking team.

Neither Andrez-Gonzlez nor his passenger were wearing seatbelts. The passenger was thrown out of the vehicle and  killed.

The crash is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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