A Bluffton man accused of driving while drunk and fleeing a crash on Hilton Head Island that killed a 2-year-old Hardeeville girl will stand trial starting Tuesday, according to the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Ildefonso Adame, 43, is accused of driving a Toyota Camry that struck a Ford Explorer carrying two women, two girls and a boy Oct. 3. Passengers included 2-year-old Abril Suarez, who was ejected from the vehicle and died from massive trauma, according to the Beaufort County Coroner's Office.
All three children were strapped into child safety seats or wearing seat belts, according to Cpl. Paul Brouthers, S.C. Highway Patrol spokesman.
A motorist who witnessed the crash is expected to testify, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said. The motorist followed the Toyota and provided a description of the driver and his vehicle to officers.
Adame was arrested moments after the crash and charged with felony hit-and-run causing death, and felony driving under the influence. He has been in the county jail on a $300,000 bond since his arrest, according to court records.
The Explorer flipped after being hit by Adame's Camry, authorities said. Adame drove away after the crash, which occurred on William Hilton Parkway near Pineland Station, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
In addition to Abril, occupants of the Explorer included her mother, Irma Corona, and Abril's 4-year-old brother Jesus Suarez; Dolores Mora, 52, of Hardeeville; and her 7-year-old granddaughter.
Adame was convicted of driving with a suspended license in 2002, according to an S.C. Law Enforcement Division criminal background check. He also has multiple traffic convictions in Bluffton and on Hilton Head dating to 1998. His most recent conviction was in 2007 for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. He was fined $75, according to court records.
If convicted, Adame faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000 for each offense, according to the Solicitor's Office.