An SUV was speeding and swerving seconds before it crashed early Wednesday into a median on Interstate 26, witnesses told dispatchers, propelling a passenger onto the highway where another car struck him.
S.C. Highway Patrol troopers charged Evelyn Freeman, 20, of Amy Drive in Goose Creek, with felony driving under the influence after the 2 a.m. crash in the westbound lanes near the Ashley Phosphate Road exit.
Terrall Freeman, 28, of North Charleston, died at the scene, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said.
Martin said it is her understanding that the driver and the passenger are not related.
The wreck occurred between the 210 and 209 mile markers when the Ford Expedition struck the median and crossed four lanes of traffic before coming to rest in a ditch, Lance Cpl. Bob Beres said.
He said the passenger was ejected onto the highway and a passing vehicle struck him. Emergency workers took the driver to Medical University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to 911 callers, the vehicle was swerving and speeding moments before impact, calls released Wednesday show.
Evelyn Freeman has multiple prior drug arrests, including manufacturing or possessing a schedule II substance in June 2010, failure to appear on that charge in January of 2011 and possession of marijuana in March, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
If convicted of felony DUI, she could face up to 25 years in prison.
The westbound lanes were shut down for about five hours.