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SC dad dies in crash, driver charged with felony DUI

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A father of a toddler boy died after an early morning crash over the weekend.
 
Charleston police say the driver, 27-year-old Steven Petit from Hollywood, SC, is charged with Felony DUI and Reckless Homicide.
 
According to the police report, Petit was driving a 2002 GMC pick-up truck down Ashley Gardens Boulevard in the Grand Oaks subdivision a few minutes before 1 a.m. Sunday.
 
He lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and flipped, police said.
 
Matthew Pieronek, 26, was sitting in the front seat and was ejected from the vehicle.
 
 Pieronek, who is the father of a toddler boy, was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy, Lane, recently had his first birthday, friends on Facebook said.
 
 Pieronek is a 2005 graduate of Summerville High School, according to his Facebook page.
 
On Monday, there were dozens of messages on Facebook about Pieronek, who was in a relationship with the boy's mother, Erin Cutts.
 
"I am waiting for Matthew Pieronek to walk through the door. You were and are our entire world. Come back to me please :'(  " Cutts wrote on Sunday.

"I wish these tears would bring you back to me. I need you. Please take care of me and Lane, and help me to stay strong. Love you forever."
 
After many messages were left on Facebook, Cutts thanked those who responded.
 
"Seeing how much Matt is loved really helps keep us strong. I am truly blessed like many others to have shared so much time and love with him," Cutts wrote on Facebook.
 
A passenger in the back seat, 23-year-old Justin Deas, was uninjured.
 
Petit was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody when he was released from the hospital.
 
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday for Pieronek.

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