Bond set for woman charged with felony DUI after deadly Myrtle Beach crash

Patricia Hale - MBPD
Patricia Hale - MBPD

MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) – Police have arrested a woman who they say is responsible for a deadly crash in Myrtle Beach over the weekend.

According to a Myrtle Beach police report, 58-year-old Patricia Mary Hale is charged with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury in connection with the fatal crash Sunday night on Highway 17 Bypass near Pine Island Road.

One person was killed and multiple people were taken to the hospital after the crash in Myrtle Beach Sunday evening.

Police say two cars collided near the intersection around 8:15 p.m. Police reports say Hale was driving north on Highway 17, disregarded a traffic signal and hit the passenger side of a car turning left from Highway 17 on to Pine Island Road.

Officers on the scene reported the Ford Focus Hale hit had “catastrophic damage to the passenger side”.

According to reports, the victim in the front passenger seat died and the person in the right rear passenger seat was critically injured. The driver of the car hit was injured and police reports also name small child as a fourth victim of the crash.

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According to Fowler, Samantha Herzig died at the scene.

Horry County Coroner Darris Fowler says the victim was a 22-year-old female from the Myrtle Beach area. According to Fowler, Samantha Herzig died at the scene from blunt forced trauma.

Hale told police she had 4 “Rum and Cokes” at a Murrells Inlet bar before the crash, the report stated. When the officer asked her whether or not she thought that was OK, she replied “3 drinks would’ve been better,’ according the police report.

Tuesday afternoon, Hale’s bond was set at $15,000. She cannot possess a drivers license and is required to turn over her passport.

The crash remains under investigation.