Judge sets bond for woman facing DUI charges after 3-year-old daughter dies in Loris crash

Judge sets bond for woman facing DUI charges after 3-year-old daughter dies in Loris crash

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - A woman charged in connection to a crash in Loris that killed her 3-year-old daughter appeared in court for a bond hearing Friday morning.

Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Heather Grace Boyd, 23, is charged with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.

Heather Grace Boyd
Heather Grace Boyd (Source: JRLDC)

The deadly two-vehicle crash happened on Highway 66 near Doyce Drive on Jan. 9. SCHP said Boyd hit another vehicle head-on while driving on Highway 66.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Allura Blacknell. It was revealed during the hearing that the 3-year-old was Boyd’s daughter.

Boyd appeared in court in a wheelchair and with a sling around her arm, still recovering from injuries she received in the wreck.

“I just think this is a terrible situation for us all to find ourselves in,” said Boyd’s attorney, Mike Suggs.

Suggs asked for the judge to set, saying that Boyd has a good background.

“No prior criminal record whatsoever. Your honor, I know she comes from a good family. I didn’t realize until a few minutes ago that I know her mother and have known her for quite some time, and I know that she comes from a good family and a good background," Suggs said.

Judge William Hudson set a $25,000 personal recognizance bond for each of Boyd’s charges. She will be released to the custody of her parents due to her medical issues and must wear an alcohol monitor. Hudson also noted that Boyd could be subjected to additional tests.

During the bond hearing, an SCHP trooper said it was unknown whether she was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some kind of pill.

Other people were also injured in the crash, with Horry County Fire Rescue officials describing their injuries as serious.

The victim’s advocate said at the bond hearing the other victims of the wreck could not be at the bond hearing since they’re still in the hospital recovering.

Boyd’s next scheduled court appearance was not immediately known.

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