Driver charged with felony DUI in fatal Bluffton crash

rlurye@islandpacket.comJanuary 29, 2014 

Eduardo Santos-Gomez


A Bluffton man has been charged with felony driving under the influence after a one-car wreck Tuesday night in Bluffton killed his passenger, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Eduardo Santos-Gomez, 22, was driving a maroon 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse east on Bluffton Parkway when his car struck a raised median near the entrance of the Lakes at Myrtle Park apartments about 9:20 p.m., Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly said. The car then hit a tree off the right side of the road.

Santos-Gomez and his passenger, 22-year-old Jose Alfredo Santos-Garcia of Bluffton, were trapped in the car, Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott said. Both were wearing seat belts.

Santos-Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene, Ott said.

Santos-Gomez was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Upon his release, he was charged with felony DUI and no S.C. driver's license and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he was being held Wednesday pending a bond hearing.

Additional details, including the suspect's blood alcohol level, were not available Wednesday. The investigation continues, and a final toxicology report could take several months, Wimberly said.

Weather conditions were not a factor in the crash, she said.

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