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Funds being raised for sons of mother killed in fatal DUI crash

Derious Sutton is charged with felony DUI resulting in death. (Source: WIS and Lexington County Detention Center) Derious Sutton is charged with felony DUI resulting in death. (Source: WIS and Lexington County Detention Center)
Valerie Rhodes (Source: Michael Rhodes) Valerie Rhodes (Source: Michael Rhodes)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Two young men left behind after their mother was killed in a fatal DUI crash last week are seeking support from the community as they try to move forward. 

Their mother, Valerie Rhodes, 44, died when a car driven by Derious Sutton, 21, crossed the median on Highway 321 near Lexington Industrial Park, striking Rhodes' vehicle head on early Friday morning. 

Sutton was charged with felony DUI involving death and has since bonded out on a $100,000 bond. He said he was drunk after consuming alcohol at a company party, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol said he was at Twin Peaks on Thursday night for a company party, where he had six beers. Then he left that location and went on to Pour House, where troopers say he consumed additional alcohol. 

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Rhodes, of Gaston, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene from injuries she sustained in the accident. 

Sutton was taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later arrested. Troopers said Sutton admitted to drinking and driving at the scene. 

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the crash.

The Go Fund Me page is trying to raise $7,000 for Rhodes' sons. 

In addition to being a mother, Rhodes worked at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, according to reports from the bond court hearing. Several members of her family were present in bond court when Sutton shed tears and apologized for his actions. Family members expressed disappointment, but said they were not angry at Sutton. 

Sutton's attorney said he does not have a past criminal history and was a recent graduate of Midlands Technical College and was working at an area steel company. He, too, also recently became a father. 

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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