The driver of the car, 68-year-old Robert Ormand of Heath Springs, was arrested on charges of DUI causing death, DUI causing great bodily injury, and two drug charges, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol and York County Sheriff’s Office jail records.
The collision occurred just outside the Rock Hill city limits when Ormand’s car slammed into a motorcycle stopped at a traffic light. The passenger of the motorcycle, 37-year-old Amanda Wilson, died at the scene. Her husband, who was driving the motorcycle, was injured in the accident.
Two additional motorcycles and a truck which were stopped in front of Wilson’s motorcycle at the traffic light were also involved in the accident, after the initial collision caused a chain reaction.
Ormand was arrested on the charges after receiving medical treatment. He was denied bond earlier this month and remains in the York County Jail.
DUI with death carries a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison, while DUI causing great bodily injury carries up to 15 years.
Sadly, fatalities happen on South Carolina roads far too often. In fact, Wilson’s death marked the 18th fatality to take place on a highway in York County this year, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
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