A 55-year-old woman died after a man ran a red light near a South Carolina mall, officials said.
A man accused of driving through an intersection over the weekend is now facing a DUI charge, according to the North Charleston Police Department.
Officers did not list attorney information for the man, identified as Aaron Portner, 28, in the incident report.
Police responded around 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, to Tanger Outlet Boulevard, home to Tanger Outlets Charleston. At the scene of the crash, an officer said Portner’s eyes were watering and he was having trouble keeping his balance.
“As soon as he started talking, he also smelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech,” the police wrote in their report.
During the investigation, police said they found the video from a nearby Mellow Mushroom pizzeria. It showed Portner “running a red light before colliding with the victim’s vehicle,” officials said.
The other driver, a 55-year-old woman, was taken to a Charleston hospital in critical condition. She later died from injuries sustained in the crash, police said.
Portner is accused of having difficulty keeping his balance and following instructions during field sobriety tests. He “refused medical attention” and was taken to the Charleston County Jail, officers said.
The North Charleston man was charged with “felony aggravated assault resulting in death” and held on $100,000 bond, records show. He posted bail and got out of jail.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ Aug. 15 request for more information.