Man charged with DUI in bus crash, faces separate attempted murder charge

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The man charged with DUI following a three-vehicle wreck involving a school bus, also faces an attempted murder charge from a separate incident.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested 24-year-old William S. Alongi after they say he caused an accident in Berkeley County Monday afternoon. Deputy Brian Alfaro with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office says that Alongi was under house arrest when the accident occurred, but he was allowed to drive.

Alongi was charged with DUI Monday, but according to the State Law Enforcement Division, he also faces charges of attempted murder, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and injury to personal property greater than $2,000, but less than $10,000.

On March 19, police say Alongi went to his ex-wife's home. According to investigators, Alongi shot at his ex-wife's friend and shot several times into his car. A police report states that Alongi said that he was going to kill them both.

On Monday, troopers say Alongi was driving a Chevrolet pickup and tried to cut in between a Berkeley County school bus and a Ford Expedition on Old Whitesville Road just after 3 p.m.

Troopers say the pickup clipped the right rear of the school bus and then hit the Expedition before it ran off the road, struck a tree and overturned.

None of the four students on the school bus or the driver of the Expedition sustained injuries. Alongi was taken to MUSC after the accident.

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