Trucker extradited back to Charleston Co. to face reckless homicide charge

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 35-year-old man has been extradited from Georgia to Charleston County to face a reckless homicide charge in connection to an accident on I-526 that killed a 27-year-old woman.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Arnold Williams was locked up at the Charleston County jail Thursday afternoon on a general sessions charge of reckless homicide.

On Jan. 29, North Charleston police say Williams was driving an 18-wheeler and attempted to stop but failed and rear ended a vehicle causing a chain reaction which damaged three other vehicles.

According to a police report, Williams was spotted by a witness taking a pack of alcoholic beverages out of his cab and throwing them over the side of the interstate immediately following the accident.

It was determined by investigators that Williams was traveling too fast for conditions. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 27-year-old Lauren Baccari of Charleston died from injuries sustained from the accident.

A few months later on April 6, a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report states Williams was charged with DUI after performing a traffic stop along I-20 in Conyers, Georgia, on April 6.  

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, motorists reported Williams was swerving in and out of his lane. During a subsequent breathalyzer test, troopers said Williams blew a .222.

Investigators say Williams's bond for the reckless homicide in January was revoked following his arrest in Georgia.

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