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Hilton Head woman charged with DUI, child endangerment after June crash on US 278

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A 38-year-old Hilton Head Island woman faces multiple criminal charges and a lawsuit after driving drunk and crashing a car with her teenage daughter inside on June 16, according to state law enforcement and county court documents.

Eustaquia Cristobal was charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment, according to Beaufort County court documents. She was also charged with driving without a license, the jail log said.

Both Cristobal and the passenger, described by S.C. Highway Patrol as a child, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries after a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 278 near Hilton Head National, Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Cristobal was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center on Friday morning after she was released from the hospital, Collins said.

A lawyer and Cristobal’s daughter — who is between the ages of 14 and 17 — filed a civil lawsuit against Cristobal and the bar where they allege she was overserved at the night of the crash.

The lawsuit says Cristobal was “served alcohol to the point of unlawful intoxication” by Sports Baba Bar and then allowed to leave the night of the crash.

The daughter sustained permanent injuries from the crash, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit and criminal charges against Cristobal are pending, according to the Beaufort County Public Index.

DUI resulting in great bodily injury is a felony punishable with a fine of between $5,100 and $10,100 and imprisonment between 30 days and 15 years, according to S.C. law.

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Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.