Myrtle Beach man charged with felony DUI in fatal crash has traffic citation history

troot@thesunnews.comMay 16, 2013 

— The man charged with felony DUI in a fatal crash on Prestwick Club Drive has a history of traffic-related charges, a records check showed.

Gabriel Lee Gratto, 28, of Myrtle Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 12:13 a.m. Thursday and is being held there pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.

Gratto is charged with felony DUI in connection with the crash that happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Secondary Highway 394, said Sgt. Bob Beres with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Joan Errickson, 56, of Myrtle Beach died from multiple traumas she suffered in the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. An autopsy was performed early Thursday.

Gratto was driving a 2005 Jeep Wrangler north on Prestwick Club Drive when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2000 four-door Buick driven south on the road by Errickson, Beres said.

Gratto, Errickson and a passenger, who was riding with Errickson, were each wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, Beres said. The passenger was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, but details about that person’s injuries were not available Thursday.

A check of records in Horry County showed that Gratto has several traffic citations issued during the last two years.

Earlier this year in February and March, Gratto was cited for speeding, pleaded guilty and was fined $81 in each incident, according to court records. In April 2012, Gratto also was cited for speeding and fined $81.50. Later in July 2012, Gratto was cited for a seatbelt violation and fined $25.

In May and October 2011, Gratto was cited for seatbelt violations and fined $25 each time.

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