Bond set for Pelzer man charged in fatal DUI crash

A Pelzer man accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol had “no recollection” of a crash that resulted in the death of a high school student on prom night his attorney told a judge during a bond hearing last Friday.
Carter Owen, 27, of Pelzer, is charged with felony DUI in the crash that killed Trinity Harrison, an 18-year-old who was riding home with a relative after her senior prom at Ware Shoals High School on April 6. Owen crossed several lanes and struck Harrison head-on on U.S.  Hwy. 25 in Greenville County. Defense attorney Randall Chambers called the incident a set of “tragic circumstances.”
“My client has absolutely no recollection of this accident,” Chambers said in court Friday morning. “He woke up and was told what had happened and he’s devastated by the situation.” Owen, appeared in court via a video monitor broadcast from the Greenville County jail. Assistant Solicitor Sylvia Harrison said in court that the case involves a “victim who did everything right” and “a driver who did everything wrong.”
She said blood and urine taken four hours after the wreck showed Owen had a blood alcohol content level of .17 percent and had methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in his system.
Circuit Judge Perry Gravely set bond at $25,000 for Owen and ordered him to a home monitoring program if he does post bond.