Driver charged with felony DUI in death of 16-yr-old denied bond

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The man charged with killing a 16-year-old while driving under the influence was back in court Friday.

Tyler Scraggs

Authorities say 18-year-old Tyler Scraggs was under the influence when he ran off the side of Taylor Road in Greer last November.

One passenger, Haylee Cantrell, died from the crash days later. The 16-year-old was a junior at Travelers Rest High School.

Two other passengers were hurt in the crash.

The solicitor said Scraggs violated home incarceration by testing positive for methamphetamine.

A circuit court judge denied bond for Scraggs on Friday.

His mother had requested he be released to a drug program for one year for meth addiction.

But a judge ordered that Scraggs remain in jail. He’s currently in the Greenville County Detention Center.

Loved ones of Haylee Cantrell attended the bond hearing.

The day before, Cantrell’s family spoke about her loss.

Haylee Cantrell

“I never in a million years thought I’d have to bury my baby, and it broke my heart,” said Tina Cantrell, Haylee’s mother. “It took my world away.”

Her family says she had an unforgettable laugh.

“A laugh like nobody else,” said Tina Fowler, Cantrell’s cousin.

Her laugh was silenced when she was thrown from the car Scraggs was driving. Two other passengers in the car were hurt. Scraggs was charged with two felony DUIs.

A judge granted Scraggs bond in December. He bonded out shortly after, but landed himself back in jail last month.

“If he had any remorse whatsoever, he wouldn’t have got out and broke his bond,” Cantrell said.

Community activist Bruce Wilson says people should look at how he was given bond in the first place.

“This was a 16-year-old child who lost her life behind the actions of this young man, and for us to allow him back on the street and go free, and now we understand it was easy for him to do the same thing again,” said Wilson.

Cantrell says she wants other teens to learn a lesson from her daughter’s death.

“Life is short,” Cantrell said. “Do not drink and drive. Do not do drugs and drive.”

She also says it’s important for teens to not get in the car with someone who’s been drinking and driving.

“If I can save one parent the heartache I’m going through, it’s worth it,” Cantrell said.

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