Few accidents we see as
South Carolina auto accident attorneys, are as tragic as those involving children. Sadly, a 3-year-old child
was critically injured in a recent accident near Columbia that investigators
say was caused by a drunk driver.
The State reported
Josiah Jenkins was riding in a car driven by his mother Latoya Jenkins. They had picked up a pizza to celebrate the 3-year-old being mentioned
in a newsletter at Lewis Greenville Elementary School. While they were
on North Springs Road in Northeast Richland County, a car allegedly veered
into Jenkins' path, causing a crash.
Josiah Jenkins, the grand-nephew of Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins,
sustained severe injuries in the accident, according to media reports.
The 3-year-old is currently hospitalized with severe head injuries and
is breathing with the help of a ventilator, Aubrey Jenkins said.
Police said the man who caused the accident, Lonnie Gross III, 44, was
charged with felony DUI. He is being held without bond in the Alvin S.
Glenn Detention Center, according to jail records. Gross was charged with
felony driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension
and a seat belt violation in connection with the crash on March 7, 2014
The State reported Gross has four previous DUI convictions and was awaiting
trial in a fifth case.The newspaper reported he was out on bond awaiting
trial in a November 2013 DUI arrest at the time of the recent accident.
"This is so tragic – that our state is not willing to stop people
from acting this way so many times," Laura Hudson, executive director
of the S.C. Criminal Victims Council, said told
The State. "It's absurd."
This tragic case once again highlights South Carolina's DUI laws. Recently the
sheriff of Kershaw County claimed the DUI laws were too lax after a driver
was booked reaching speeds of 107 mph. He was charged with DUI (3
As well as criminal sanctions, the driver involved in the Josiah Jenkins
case could face a civil lawsuit for the injuries sustained by Josiah Jenkins.
Head injuries are among the most serious we see as Columbia personal injury
attorneys. You may need long-term care for the rest of your life if you
suffer a brain injury. Family members were reported to be at Josiah's
hospital bedside awaiting more tests, but so far his condition has not improved.
In some cases, South Carolina DUI victims are awarded punitive damages
in their legal claims following a drunk driving accident. Punitive damages
are intended as additional compensation, above and beyond what DUI victims
are already due from their case. These are intended to be punishment to
the defendant and to deter similar behavior in the future.
If you or a loved one has
suffered a traumatic brain injury in South Carolina in an accident that was the fault of another person, we want to help you.
Call Masella Law at 803.748.9990.