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Another benefit tonight for firefighter injured in alleged DUI wreck

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Another benefit will be held this weekend for a recovering North Charleston firefighter who lost part of his leg last month after authorities say a drunk driver plowed through an accident scene.

A benefit for Darin Kingery will be held at Pierpont Pub on Ashley River Road at 6 p.m. Friday.

Kingery was recently moved to a rehabilitation facility upon his release from the Medical University of South Carolina. Kingery has undergone several surgeries since the June 8 accident, including the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

A $5 donation is requested Friday at the Pierpont Pub door and covers the meal, which includes hamburgers and hot dogs. There will also be a cornhole tournament and a raffle.

It’s the second benefit in two weekends for Kingery. Last week, organizers held a party at Blockbuster in Goose Creek which raised roughly $1,500 for Kingery and another firefighter undergoing cancer treatment, Jordan Eaddy.

The man who allegedly struck Kingery, 26-year-old Felix Garcia-Romero, is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center on three counts of felony DUI. Also injured in the collision were a paramedic, another firefighter, and four others. Garcia-Romero is an undocumented immigrant and will be returned to Mexico after the justice system runs its course.

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