Former Md. HS Graduate Killed by Alleged Drunken Driver in South Carolina

A former Montgomery County, Maryland, high school graduate was hit and killed by an allegedly drunken driver in South Carolina, where the student was attending college.

David Newell, 22, was struck by a car on Nov. 15 while he was riding his moped in Columbia, South Carolina. Newell was taken to the hospital, but he died on Nov. 16 due to complications from injuries received in the crash, his family said.

Newell was a senior at the University of South Carolina and was a 2014 graduate of Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. He was active in trying to stop people from drunken driving after three high school seniors were killed in 2011 in a drunken driving crash.

The funeral for Newell will be held on Nov. 22 in Olney, Maryland. A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family pay for services and a funeral. 

Charles Davenport Jr. was charged with felony DUI involving death. Investigators said Davenport was under the influence of alcohol and speeding when he hit Newell’s moped from behind. They said the impact caused the two vehicles to hit a tree.

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