Amy Finch McCormick was charged in a fatal head-on collision last weekend on the connector of James Island. She also has a serious record of driving under the influence, according to authorities. Her out-of-state driver’s license had been suspended for a time after a DUI arrest in 1999, during which she refused to take a breathalyzer test, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles said. She was convicted.
McCormick, 37, remains at Medical University Hospital as she recovers from her injuries. Her son, three-years-old, is staying in the Children’s Hospital. He was severely injured in the rear of the Toyota Camry. He is suffering a fractured spine and is using a ventilator to assist in his breathing.
36-year-old Brett Maynard, a local chef in the other car was killed instantly. He was on his way home from his job at 39 Rue de Jean. His wife, Jill Maynard, was in the car as well at the time of the accident. She had just finished her shift at the High Cotton Restaurant. She suffered a fracture in her right foot, as well as both ankles, and a lesion in her stomach area, according to authorities.
Charleston Police records also show McCormick admitted she had been drinking that morning and was taking the prescription medication Fluoxetine, a generic substitute for Prozac. Patients who take Fluoxetine are warned to avoid drinking alcohol because it can increase some of the side effects, such as impaired thinking or reactions.
Police said McCormick was driving the wrong way across the connector.
At the hospital, she told police she had lived on James Island for five months but was not familiar with the highway that connects downtown Charleston to James Island, a report said. She smelled of alcohol, and when questioned, she said she had two glasses of wine about five hours earlier, according to the report.
McCormick has since been charged with child endangerment and three counts of felony DUI. Her total bond is being held at $400,000.
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