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Driver who hit Katie Arrington had blood-alcohol level nearly twice legal limit

Katie Arrington (File/WCIV)

Newly released toxicology reports show the wrong-way driver who died after hitting Rep. Katie Arrington and her friend in a late June wreck had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.

Helen White, 69, died at the scene of the wreck on Savannah Highway near Ravenel late the night of June 22, after a head-on wreck with Arrington and her friend, Jackie Goff.

Blood tests show White's blood-alchol level was .153, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. A blood-alcohol level of .08 while driving is considered legally impaired in South Carolina.

Arrington underwent several surgeries for internal and spinal injuries suffered in the wreck, and is rehabilitating. Arrington has since been released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to doctors with the Medical University of South Carolina.

Goff also suffered severe internal injuries in the wreck, and remains hospitalized, MUSC officials say.

Deputies say White traveled north in the southbound lanes of U.S. Hwy. 17 after being involved in a hit-and-run wreck near the intersection of Savannah Highway and S.C. Hwy. 174.

Minutes after the initial hit-and-run, white hit Goff's vehicle head-on.

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