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Petition for Readdress of Current Law Regarding Underage Drinking & Involvement in a Vehicular Incident That Results in the Serious Bodily Injury of Another


Ashlyns Law

In October of 2005, 18 year old Whitney Ashlyn Sims, who was five-month pregnant at the time of the accident, was involved in a car accident. Her boyfriend, 18 year-old Christopher Chambers of Sharon, SC, admittedly began drinking before getting behind the wheel of his car, a late model Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, Ashlyn got into the car with him. As Christopher was driving on Hwy. 211, he began weaving, passing traffic on curvy roads in no passing zones, and eventually hit another vehicle. His estimated speed at the time of the wreck was between 85-90 mph. Christopher walked away from the wreck. Ashlyn had to be cut from the wreckage and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center Trauma ICU in Charlotte, NC.
Ashlyn is now paralyzed with a broken neck and several of her vertebrae have been compressed. She has spent most of the time in the hospital in critical condition. The good news, the baby Ashlyn was carrying, was able to make it through the ordeal. On the other hand, Christopher spent the night in jail, and was out the next day. As of now, the worst that has happened to him is that he has temporarily lost his license. The disparity of the injuries in this matter is great.
At this time, his careless behavior continues. He is still drinking, still drives even without his license, and refuses to work, and to top it off, he is set to get his license back in a short while. Tragically, Ashlyn will never be so lucky as to be able to drive again, and the odds of her walking again are slim to none. The doctors are hopeful she will regain some feeling in her arms and hopefully be able to speak again.
To top off most everything is the charges still facing Mr. Chambers. A BAC was conducted on him at least three hours after the wreck, and the results showed that he was not legally drunk at the time of the testing. Due to this, Felony DUI is not an option available for him to be charged with. Instead, it appears the worst charge he has will be reckless driving, maybe driving too fast for conditions, and possibly a misdemeanor charge of a minor in possession or under the influence of alcohol. If this is the case, then so be it. Justice will not be served in this matter, but this case could provide impetus to the creation of a new law that strengthens the penalty of having a wreck that causes sever bodily harm due to negligence or disregard of the offending driver. While it maybe too late in this matter, the State of South Carolina could move to continue to protect others from the reckless and careless actions of individuals like Christopher Chambers by enacting new legislation to remove them from the streets, and to endure that it is much more difficult to get their license back.
Please consider this petition for action in the State Legislature so that what has happened to Ashlyn and what is currently happening to Ashlyn may either be avoided or at least have justice served. Thank you.



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