Driver of big boat in fatal collision passed sobriety test
A field sobriety test was administered to the driver of a 32-ft power boat involved in a fatal collision on Lake Murray last Friday night.
“He passed the test,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is investigating the accident that left two people dead.
McCullough said Bruce Dyer, the driver of the big boat that hit a 16-ft bass boat with Danny Phillips and Shawn Lanier in it, was given the sobriety test at the time of the accident. Phillips, who was driving the bass boat was killed, along with Lanier. The accident happened around 11 p.m.
The collision is still under Investigation. McCullough said the results of toxicology screens have not been received by investigators. He said it may be two weeks or more before the toxicology report that is being handled by the Lexington County Coroner’s office is complete.
McCullough also said it’s normal to conduct the tests in accidents so that all factors, including alcohol, can be examined.