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Family of woman killed in drunk driving accident on I-26 speaks out


The family of a 78-year-old woman killed in a drunk driving accident this week spoke at bond court Wednesday.

Margaret Deas died at MUSC after being involved in an accident around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday on I-26 near the Rutledge Avenue exit. Charleston police charged 60-year-old Samuel Thompson, of Moncks Corner, with felony DUI on Wednesday.

Police say Thompson lost control of his car, slid across two lanes of traffic and crashed into Deas' car.

Deas' daughter told the judge she realizes Thompson's family is going through a difficult time as well, but say they believe he is a danger to the community.

"I feel for his family, but my mom isn't coming back," said the victim's daughter. "I pray he will learn from this experience and won't be able to walk around or dive where he wants to drive and still be drinking."

Several family members described Deas' as a vibrant, active woman. Her neighbors say she was friendly and always willing to lend a hand around the neighborhood.

The judge told Thompson that based on the circumstances and his criminal record, bond would be denied. Thompson's record includes public intoxication.

The wreck closed several lanes on I-26 for a few hours Tuesday before the lanes reopened around 5 p.m.

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