An early morning head-on collision has left one man dead.
Thirty-five year old Brett Maynard of James Island was a passenger in a vehicle crossing the James Island Connector when he was murdered by drunk driver Amy McCormick.
Police say Amy McCormick 37 who is no stranger to police, was driving on the wrong side of the road heading east in the west bound lane. Her car hit the car Maynard was riding in head on around 1:30 a.m. Sunday Morning.
The accident killed Maynard a popular chef who had spent the night working at 39 Rue de Jean and sent his wife Jill who was driving to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The couple had finished work and were on their way home when McCormick entered the connector from Folly Road in the wrong direction after a long night of heavy drinking that included drug use.
Charleston City Police say McCormick had her infant child in the back seat during the accident. Conflicting reports have emerged about the child. The Post and Courier reported: "McCormick's infant was in the car with her but was secured in a child seat and not injured." While other sources have claimed the young boy has a fractured spine and is in critical condition at MUSC.
McCormick is now facing two counts of felony DUI, one count of child endangerment and is expected to be charged with one count of felony death by vehicle. This is not her first arrest.
Police are interviewing friends of McCormick to see if additional charges and arrests are warranted.
December 3, 2008 Update: Charleston Police and the Solicitor's office are saying little about the case against Amy McCormick except that she remains at MUSC in good condition and has been formally charged with 3 counts of Felony DUI and one count of child endangerment. Jill Maynard was released from the Medical University Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
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