Irmo man walking on sidewalk hit, killed; driver charged with felony DUI
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:31:46 GMT —
IRMO, SC (WACH) - A man walking on a sidewalk in Lexington County Sunday night was hit by a vehicle and killed.
Coroner Harry O. Harman says Raymond A. Geiger, 39, of Irmo was hit by a black Land Rover on Lake Murray Blvd. around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Geiger died at the scene.
The Irmo Police Department arrested the driver of the Land Rover, David Lee Smith, 46, and charged him with felony DUI. They say Smith left a friend's house near Lexington High School after a night of watching television.
Authorities say officers observed that Smith was unsteady on his feet and didn't seem to grasp the severity of the situation. His speech was slurred and his eyes were watery and blood shot. Witnesses told officers Smith had been weaving across the road just prior to the collision.
Smith was given field sobriety tests and failed two of the three tests, according to police.
According to an incident report, Smith showed no emotion when officers told him he killed Geiger. In the report, Smith said he was taking the drug Neurontin; which affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. One side effect can be drowsiness. In the report, Smith said the last time he took Neurontin was Saturday.
Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck said Geiger was a well known Irmo resident; and that his death has shocked the community.
"Mr.. Geiger was a very nice guy," Buck said. "He lived here his whole life. His family still lives around here. Everybody knew him. He walked everywhere he wanted to go, and was somewhat eccentric."
Buck said he is disappointed the new year has started off with another DUI related death.
"Lexington County last year had a horrible year with DUI collisions and fatalities," Buck said. "We are looking to improve that. This is not the way we wanted to start 2013."
Smith was denied bond Monday morning. His charge will be heard in a General Sessions Court, where his court date will be announced.
The incident is under investigation by the Lexington County Coroner's Office and the Irmo Police Department with the assistance of the South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT Team. Authorities plan to analyze evidence and question acquaintances for both Geiger and Smith.