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Fatal wreck victim identified; Driver charged with felony DUI

Bernard D. Broughton. Source: Berkeley County Detention Center Bernard D. Broughton. Source: Berkeley County Detention Center

WANDO, SC (WCSC) – The driver of a Chevy Suburban was charged with felony DUI involving a death after the South Carolina Highway Patrol says he disregarded a stop sign and struck several trees, killing one of his passengers.

According to highway patrol, the single-car accident happened at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Charity Church Road and Cainhoy Road in Berkeley County. Troopers say that 52-year-old Bernard D. Broughton was driving a 2001 Chevy Suburban with three passengers, none wearing their seatbelts.

Investigators say Broughton was traveling south on Charity Church Road when he disregarded a stop sign at a T-intersection and struck several trees.

One of the passengers, 58-year-old Earl Gibbs of Huger, was killed. The second was transported to a Mt. Pleasant hospital and the third was taken to MUSC. None of the victims were wearing seat belts.

Broughton was not injured in the crash. He is being charged with felony DUI involving a death, driving under suspension and was cited for not wearing a seatbelt.

According to a background check by the State Law Enforcement Division, Broughton has a long criminal history dating back to 1984 when he was arrested for disorderly conduct. He has also been arrested for assault, manufacturing marijuana, grand larceny, strong armed robbery, criminal domestic violence and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

The collision is under investigation by the highway patrol.

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