Man with 3 DUI convictions charged in York County crash; Union man dead, 2 hurt

A Rock Hill man faces charges after one person was killed and two others seriously injured in a two-car crash Sunday in York County, police said.

Tyler James Cummings, 25, of Rock Hill, is charged with felony DUI resulting in death, according to troopers and jail records. Cummings also is charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.

Cummings, has three previous DUI convictions, according to police and court records. Cummings also faces a charge of being a habitual traffic offender causing death where a license has been suspended, driving under suspension, and use of a vehicle without permission, according to court and jail records.

The crash Sunday happened around 3:30 p.m. on S.C. Highway 322 near Rock Hill, said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis.

Cummings was driving a 2004 truck. Hovis and highway patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Cummings crossed the center line of McConnells Highway near Brattonsville Road and collided with a 2007 Honda carrying five people.

Paul Kelly, 66, of Union, was a passenger in the Honda. He died at the scene, said Sabrina Gast, York County Coroner.

The driver of the Honda was a 54-year-old Union woman, Hovis said. The driver and another passenger from Union, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with serious injuries, Hovis said.

Two other passengers in the Honda, an infant and 3-year-old child, were not injured, Hovis said.

Felony DUI resulting in death carries up to 25 years in prison for each conviction under South Carolina law. Each of the charges of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury can carry up to 15 years, state law shows.

After the wreck, Cummings was taken to the York County jail where he is being held without bond, according to police and jail records.

Cummings was convicted in March 2015 for a December 2104 DUI highway patrol arrest, records show.

Cummings was arrested again for DUI in January 2017 by officers with the Rock Hill Police Department, SLED records show. He was convicted in July 2017 after pleading guilty and sentenced to five days in jail and a $1,100 fine, according to records from SLED and the York County Clerk of Court Office. A one-year prison sentence was suspended in that case, records show.

In September 2017, Cummings was again arrested for DUI by the highway patrol, records show. In October 2017, he again pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to one year in prison for that third DUI conviction, according to court records and SLED documents.

In February 2019 Cummings was arrested by York County Sheriff’s Office deputies for driving without a license and use of a vehicle without permission. He was sentenced to 23 days of time served when convicted in that case after pleading guilty, according to records.

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