Beaufort News

Hardeeville man faces felony DUI charges in fatal Bluffton crash

Shane Harper
Shane Harper

A Hardeeville man faces two charges of felony driving under the influence after the car he was driving April 23 in Bluffton struck several trees, killing one passenger and severely injuring another, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Shane Harper, 22, was arrested at his Hardeeville home without incident Thursday at about 11 a.m., according to the release. He was awaiting a bond hearing Thursday afternoon at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Harper and three friends were traveling on Old Palmetto Bluff Road toward May River Road at about 7 p.m. when the car ran off the southwest side of the road, sideswiped a tree, struck another tree and landed upside down in a drainage ditch, according to the release.

Devin Michael Roach, 21, of Ridgeland, who was sitting in the back seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Coroner Ed Allen.

Roach was wearing a seat belt, Allen said.

A front-seat passenger, Robert Marshall, 25, of Bluffton was flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with severe injuries. His condition was unknown Thursday.

Harper and another passenger, John Marshall, 21, of Bluffton, were taken to Savannah by ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening, the release said.

If convicted, Harper faces as many as 15 years in prison for each charge.