Bail $107,324 in I-26 death: Teen accused of driving wrong way is charged with reckless homicide, felony DUI

Bail for the Mount Pleasant teenager charged with killing a Ladson woman when he drove the wrong direction on Interstate 26 early Sunday has been set at $107,324.50, according to Charleston police.

Samuel McCauley, 19, has been charged with reckless homicide and felony driving under the influence, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Bail was set Monday afternoon during a hearing at Medical University Hospital, Francis said.

McCauley was taken to the hospital following the wreck. On Monday, a hospital spokeswoman declined to give his condition.

McCauley, who works at the Morgan Creek Grill, according to an incident report released Monday, was booked as a Charleston County jail inmate just after 4 a.m. Sunday, a jail duty officer said. Police have kept watch over McCauley at the hospital and he had not been transferred to jail by late Monday, the duty officer said.

Eleanor Caperton, 72, died of her injuries at the hospital, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said. Caperton worked

as a security guard, according to the incident report.

The collision happened just after midnight near the junction of I-26 and the Septima Clark Expressway north of Coming Street, Francis said. Traffic is supposed to flow toward Charleston there. McCauley was going in the opposite direction and ran into Caperton's car, according to police.

There has been some confusion over McCauley's identity because of incorrect information reported by other news outlets.

"There have been media reports last night and today that the 19-year-old charged with felony DUI near the Crosstown in downtown Charleston Saturday night is an incoming freshman wrestling team walk-on at The Citadel. That information is not accurate," said Charlene Gunnells, The Citadel's media relations coordinator. "This is a case of similar names."

McCauley's bail was set at $55,000 on the reckless homicide charge and $52,324.50 on the felony DUI charge.

Andy Paras contributed to this report.