A North Myrtle Beach man was ordered to spend seven years and six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to felony DUI in connection with a fatal crash that occurred last year, according to court records.
Ryan Douglas Roszel, 22, of North Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in death and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to prison time, to pay court costs and suspended his driver’s license, according to court records.
Roszel will be eligible for parole on Sept. 21, 2019, according to records with the S.C. Department of Corrections.
Roszel was charged Jan. 15, 2012, with felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and an unrelated failure to appear charge.
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Police said Roszel was driving a 1997 Honda that struck a ditch and then a light pole at 10:11 p.m. Jan. 14 on 100 Carriage Lake Drive, near the intersection of S.C. 90 and S.C. 31 in Little River.
Gail Lynch, 34, of Little River, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said at the time of the crash.
Another passenger – a 24-year-old man from Little River – also was injured and no one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team investigated the crash.