Man charged for DUI after crash kills 70-year-old woman in Myrtl -, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Man charged for DUI after crash kills 70-year-old woman in Myrtle Beach

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Paulino Maza-Malela. Source: Myrtle Beach Police Paulino Maza-Malela. Source: Myrtle Beach Police

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with DUI after a crash on 27th Avenue South and Kings Highway Saturday night that left a 70-year-old woman dead, according to officials.

Paulino Meza-Malela was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail and charged with DUI – felony driving under the influence resulting in death, after 70-year-old Carolyn Hicks of Knoxville, Tennessee died at Grand Strand Hospital Saturday night, according to police records.

Hicks died at 9:16 p.m. as a result of trauma due to the crash, according to Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

Police responded to the crash scene Saturday night and conducted several field sobriety tests on Meza-Malela after smelling the odor of alcohol and noticing his eyes were red and glassy, according to police report. He exhibited several clues to driving impaired, and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

A traffic investigation revealed that the primary contributing factor in the fatal collision was Meza-Malela’s speed, the report states.

After checking Meza-Malela’s fingerprints, it was determined that his identity was different than the one he originally provided, and he was wanted out of Horry County for failure to appear on a trafficking cocaine charge.

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