A 25-year-old man charged with driving under the influence in connection with a Myrtle Beach crash that killed a 27-year-old man has been to traffic school twice and previously arrested for DUI and 18 other various traffic offenses in his home state of Florida, according to records there.
Jared McRae Mahler, 25, of Ocoee, Fla., was charged early Tuesday with felony DUI with death results in the crash that occurred about 5:40 p.m. Monday and killed Jacob Young, 27, of Palmetto Bay, Fla., according to authorities.
An autopsy performed Tuesday morning showed Young died from multiple trauma he received in the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. It was unclear if Young had been wearing a seatbelt because he had been removed from the vehicle by a bystander, who was rendering aid to him.
Information about Young was not immediately available early Tuesday.
The vehicle, a Chevrolet Camaro, was heavily damaged after it struck the median and landed in a tree on Kings Highway at 48th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.
Capt. David Knipes said the Camaro was traveling at a high rate of speed along with another vehicle, which has not been identified. The vehicles were going south on Kings Highway near 48th Avenue North when Mahler lost control and crashed, killing Young, who was his passenger.
Police are searching for information about the other vehicle and Knipes said Tuesday morning officers did not have clues as to its description, model or make. Anyone with information about that vehicle or who may have seen the vehicles can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1382.
Officers diverted traffic on Kings Highway and reduced it to one lane while they investigated the crash Monday evening.
Mahler, who was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, is being held there on $50,000 bond, which was set about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
According to Orange County, Fla., records, which is the county where Mahler is from, showed that he had been charged with traffic violations 19 times since 2005 when he turned 18. He also was charged in 2007 with trespassing on school grounds and resisting arrest without violence and paid $1,230 in fines.
In 2005, Mahler was charged with a bicycle regulation and paid $43.50; he later was charged with two separate seatbelt violations and speeding that year and paid $360.50, according to court records. In 2006, Mahler was charged with speeding three separate times and cited for driving with unsafe equipment and paid $551.50 in fines.
On Jan. 18, 2008, Mahler was charged with speeding and paid $183.50, and then four days later he was charged with DUI, running a stop sign and improper backing, according to court records. Mahler was ordered to serve 360 days on probation, complete 50 hours of community service, paid $1,319.78 and his license was suspended for six months.
In 2009, Mahler was charged in March with not wearing a seatbelt and speeding and then in July with not wearing a seatbelt, according to court records. Those violations totaled $303 in fines.
In 2010, Mahler was charged in April with failure to use designated lane; in September with improper lane change pulling out in front of a vehicle; in October with driving with unsafe equipment; and in November with failing to obey a traffic control device and not wearing a seatbelt, according to records. Those violations that year resulted in $711.97 in fines.
Mahler was charged in August 2011 with speeding and paid a $282.99 fine, according to court records. Mahler completed traffic school in December of 2010 and again in November 2011.
A search of nearby counties in Florida did not yield any records on Mahler and he does not have a criminal record in Horry County.
Larry Church, a witness to the wreck, said the wheels of the green Chevrolet Camaro were still spinning and the engine was still revving after the car hit the tree, which was uprooted by the impact.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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