Driver charged with DUI in fatal I-26 crash

Samuel Thompson Jr.

A Moncks Corner man has been charged in an Interstate 26 wreck Tuesday that killed a Charleston woman.

Samuel Thompson Jr., 60, of Old Black Oak Road, was charged with felony driving under the influence, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said Wednesday.

Thompson is being held at the Cannon Detention Center. Charleston County Magistrate Linda Lombard on Wednesday ordered that he be held without bail.

According to a criminal background check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Thompson spent some time in prison after being convicted of forgery and receiving stolen goods in 1984.

His rap sheet includes several convictions for minor offenses, such as public intoxication and disorderly conduct, before and after his imprisonment.

The two-car accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-26 near exit 219.

Thompson lost control of his vehicle and struck another car, Francis said. Traffic was diverted while authorities worked the accident.

The driver of the other car, 78-year-old Margaret Deas of Charleston, was taken to Medical University Hospital, where she died about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus said.