Man, 20, charged with felony DUI in Johns Island teen's death

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM EDT
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JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A 20-year-old West Ashley man has been charged with felony DUI in connection with an accident over the weekend that took the life of a teen.

James Bryson Munn has been charged with felony DUI and minor in possession of beer. Munn posted bond at MUSC where he is continuing to recover.

He remains in the hospital for injuries sustained in Saturday's two-car accident. Munn's bond was set at $100,475 during a bond hearing at MUSC Monday afternoon.

Officials say Munn was driving a 2006 Chevy Equinox when he collided with a 2011 Jeep Compass on River Road near Main Road around 12:30 p.m.

The driver of the Jeep, 17-year-old Kylie Gillette of Johns Island, suffered fatal injuries in the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an incident report, Munn was passing vehicles at a high rate of speed when he ran off the right side of the road.

He then over-corrected, causing him to cross the center line and slam head-on into Gillette's vehicle.

Deputies say Munn had "bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of a consumed alcoholic beverage coming from his person." He could not perform a field sobriety test due to his injuries.

Munn's attorney, Jack Sinclaire, released a statement Tuesday saying in part, "we are firmly convinced that in the end, the evidence will show that Bryson was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of this tragic accident."

Charleston County deputies say Munn was taken to MUSC, where he was told that he was being arrested for felony DUI.

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