The legal wrangling over a man wanted in connection with an automobile accident that left one person dead continues but authorities hope to have him back in Union County in the near future.
Stephen Young, 28, of Union, faces charges in Union County, Newberry County and the City of Columbia as well as charges brought by the SC Highway Patrol. Young, who was taken into custody Oct. 28 by SLED agents, is wanted in Union County in connection with an Oct. 1 automobile accident that left an 18-year-old Union man dead.
He is currently being held in the Newberry County Jail.
In Union County, Young is charged by the highway patrol with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, driving under suspension fourth offense and reckless homicide from death resulting by vehicle. Young is also charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature by the Union County Sheriff's Office.
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Union County Chief Deputy Perry Haney said Friday that Young will remain in the Newberry County Jail while it is determined which county will get to try him first. Haney said Young's attorney has been in contact with the sheriff's office and the other involved law enforcement agencies regarding this. He said he believes a determination will be made in the near future and Young back in Union County very soon.
Maj. Todd Johnson of the Newberry County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Young is charged in Newberry County with driving under suspension, grand larceny and open container. Johnson said Young is charged in Columbia with with driving under suspension third offense, failure to stop for law enforcement vehicle, unlawful use of a license plate and open container.
Young is believed to have been the driver of a 1991 Honda four-door which was driving west on the 400 block of Tinker Creek Road the afternoon of Oct. 1. The highway patrol says the vehicle drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected to the left and then struck a tree.
Authorities allege Young then fled the scene.
Emmanuel Shaw, 18, was the passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Union County Coroner William Holcombe said Shaw was killed by head trauma that was a direct result of the accident.
The accident followed a domestic situation at a residence on Mandy Lane earlier that afternoon.
According to an incident report filed with the Union County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a call at the Mandy Lane residence and spoke with the victim who said she and another victim were leaving the residence and the suspect, later identified as Young, stopped them in the roadway and said he was going to kill them both.
The victim said she feared for her life and she pulled onto Tinker Creek Road so she could get away from the suspect. She said the vehicle Young and Shaw were in chased her and the second victim up the highway and attempted to pass her. When she looked back in the rear view mirror she saw the vehicle going into the woods. The victim stated she stopped her vehicle to turn around and the second victim riding with her said to take him up the road because if he went back the suspect would kill him.
The victim dropped her passenger off at US 176 and told him to call 911. She went back to the scene of the accident and found the vehicle the suspect was driving in the woods and she could only see one person inside.