Teen moved from MUSC to jail after driving wrong way, killing woman

Published: Jul. 24, 2011 at 6:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM EDT
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Samuel McCauley (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Samuel McCauley (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Mt. Pleasant teen accused of killing a Ladson woman when he drove the wrong direction onto Interstate 26 has been transferred from a hospital to the Charleston County jail.

Nineteen-year-old Samuel McCauley is charged with reckless homicide and felony drunk driving in the wreck, which happened early Sunday. Eleanor Caperton, 72, died in the crash.

McCauley had been taken to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital after the wreck.

He was taken to the jail Tuesday where he's being held on bail of more than $100,000. A bond court judge issued McCauley a $52,324.50 bond for felony DUI and a $55,000 for reckless homicide.

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 crashed into a Honda Civic.

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.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving offered this statement about this crash...

"We are committed to serving victims of this crime. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time."

McCauley is from Mt. Pleasant and was employed at Morgan Creek Grille at the time of the crash. There is no word on how severe McCauley's injuries were in the accident.

Caperton was working as a security guard when she was killed.

Both cars suffered heavy damage to the front of each vehicle.

Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.