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Man accused of driving wrong way, killing woman pleads guilty

Sam McCauley (Source: CCDC) Sam McCauley (Source: CCDC)

A Mount Pleasant man accused of killing a Ladson woman last summer when he drove the wrong direction onto Interstate 26 pleaded guilty in court Monday.

Samuel McCauley, 20, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and felony DUI for the July 24 incident.   McCauley also expressed his desire to be taken into custody prior to sentencing, which the judge granted.

The 20-year-old asked to be sentenced Monday, but the judge said he would have to wait about a month for that. 

Prosecutors revealed on Monday that McCauley had been drinking heavily during a party on a boat at a marina before the deadly accident.

Investigators say McCauley's car was going the wrong way on I-26 early near downtown Charleston just after midnight.

According to police, McCauley's Nissan Maxima then crashed into a Honda Civic driven by 72-year-old Eleanor Caperton. According to prosecutors, McCauley was traveling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the impact.

Both drivers were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina for multiple injuries. Police say Caperton, of Ladson, died as a result of her injuries at the hospital.

The judge said a pre-sentencing investigation will be done before McCauley is sentenced.

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