Myrtle Beach area man faces DUI charges after victim dies in Socastee collision

Leroy Austin Blake. (Source:
Leroy Austin Blake. (Source:

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Driving under the influence charges have been filed in connection with a fatal collision that occurred in the early morning hours of April 13 in the Myrtle Beach area.

Austin Blake Leroy, 18, of the 5900 block of Rosewood Drive, has been charged with felony DUI, great bodily injury results; felony DUI, death results and possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash, according to arrest warrants obtained

The warrants were served April 13. Leroy was booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on April 18 and released the following day on $30,620 bond, according to county jail records.

Leroy is due back in court on Sept. 5, according to the Horry County Public Index.

Sgt. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol confirmed by telephone Tuesday that the arrest warrants were served in connection with a collision reported around 3 a.m. April 13 at Dick Pond Road and Strand Drive.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, a Volkswagen was in the median of Dick Pond Road waiting to make a left onto Strand Drive when a pickup truck traveling on Dick Pond Road swerved into the media, striking the Volkswagen.

The driver of a Volkswagen was killed as a result of the collision, Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Arrests warrants obtained by state that the suspect, "while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence caused a collision that took the life of one person and severely injured another person."

Warrants also state that the suspect had 0.09 grams of marijuana in his possession.

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