by: Paige Hansen Updated:
TEGA CAY, S.C. - Authorities in Tega Cay, S.C., arrested Anthony Ogden Thursday and charged him with felony DUI resulting in death following a Jan. 31 car crash on Highway 21 near Fort Mill. Three days after the January crash, 74-year-old Alva Terrell died after being hit from behind in a chain-reaction crash. Ogden initially was charged with DUI. It took authorities a while to determine Terrell died from injuries suffered in the crash, which resulted in Ogden’s charges being upgraded from DUI to felony DUI.
The victim’s daughter, Tracy Church, told Eyewitness News she was happy to learn charges against Ogden had been upgraded.
“I don't care if you drink, drink at home,” Church said. “Walk. It's not your right to take somebody else's life.”
Ogden has not been convicted of felony DUI, but Church said guests at her father’s funeral made contributions to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“They support people not drinking and driving and the more we can get the word out, the less people have to die from something stupid like this,” Church said.
Terrell is remembered as someone who could not sit still. He spent his free time on the courts at the Old Providence Racquet Club in Charlotte.
“If you were here, you know Alva,” Brenda Culbertson, the general manager at the club said. “If you ever knew Alva's laugh, it was so infectious, you had to smile.”
Culbertson showed Eyewitness News pictures of Terrell in the club’s tennis brochures from the 1980s. She said he death came as a shock.
“It's always shock first and then grief,” Culbertson said. “He was a very dear friend to many of us.”
Church says Terrell leaves behind five children, the youngest of whom is a sophomore in college.
A judge denied bond for Ogden. He’s behind bars at the York County jail. His next court date is July 29.
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