Saucier woman faces felony DUI charge after victim of crash dies

Stephanie Dawn Lewis
Stephanie Dawn Lewis

A man has died of his injuries from a rear-end collision, resulting in an upgraded charge of DUI causing death for the other driver, a state trooper said.

Stephanie Dawn Lewis, 39, of Saucier, is accused of driving impaired in a Dec. 23 crash that led to the death of 64-year-old William Bowden of McHenry, said Cpt. Chase Elkins of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

State troopers had arrested Lewis on a misdemeanor DUI charge after the 2:20 a.m. crash just south of Saucier.

Bowden was northbound in a 1998 Toyota Corolla on U.S. 49 near Pine Street when a 2006 Chevrolet 2500 pickup struck him from behind, Elkins said.

Both vehicles ran into the median and Bowden’s car began rolling over, he said.

Bowden was taken to Garden Park Medical Center and was later moved to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where he died, Elkins said.

“He died of injuries sustained in the crash,” he said.

State troopers upgraded the misdemeanor DUI to a felony after being notified of Bowden’s death, Elkins said.

Troopers arrested Lewis on Thursday. She was booked at the Harrison County jail on a $100,000 bond and posted bail in a little more than an hour, the jail docket shows.

DUI causing death is punishable by five to 25 years in prison.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews