Thomas. C. Garris

Thomas C. Garris. Al Cannon Detention Center/Provided

A North Charleston man is facing multiple charges, including felony driving under the influence, after one person was killed and three others injured early Saturday following a serious wreck at a Charleston intersection, police said.

Witnesses told police that just before 2:20 a.m. at the intersection of Meeting and Columbus streets, a 2004 Ford pickup truck driving north on Meeting disregarded the traffic light and struck the passenger side of a Mazda sedan.

The Mazda, which contained four passengers, then hit a building near the intersection. 

The passenger in the front seat died at the scene. The driver was transported to a hospital in serious condition, police said. The other two passengers were injured, though authorities said the injuries were non-life-threatening.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as William Kappel Jr., 32.

Police responded to an area hospital where the driver of the pickup truck, Thomas C. Garris, 30, was being treated. Officers said Garris was under the influence and charged him with felony driving under the influence resulting in death, felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury and reckless homicide.

The two passengers in the pickup truck were also transported to a hospital. Authorities said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Saturday's wreck marks the first traffic fatality in Charleston in 2019, authorities said. In 2018, Charleston saw 15 traffic fatalities, at least nine of which were linked to driving under the influence.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.