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DUI crash victim remembered

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By Nikki Gaskins
ngaskins@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—On Wednesday, a judge denied bond for Samuel Thompson Jr.  The 60-year-old is charged with felony DUI.  On Tuesday, Charleston Police say he lost control of his car on I-26 near the Rutledge exit, crashing into Margaret Deas.

The 78-year-old woman did not survive.  She was pronounced dead at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Family members describe Deas as a loving, God-fearing woman who loved life and helping others.

Her daughter, Karen Middleton, says her mother's death has been almost too much for the family to bear.

"I had a good mom.  I had the best," recalled Middleton.

On Monday, Deas paid her daughter a surprise visit at her school where she teaches Head Start in West Ashley.  It would be the last time she'd see her mother alive.

"I gave Mom a kiss.   I didn't know that was the last time I was going to kiss her," said Middleton with tears in her eyes.

She said a dream from God would later foreshadow her worst nightmare.

"I had a dream on Monday and I told my daughter.  I said, Brittany, I dreamt we were in the hospital room," said Middleton.  "I remember seeing the gauze packets and the tubes."

Just one day after that dream, Middleton saw her mother lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life.

"Tuesday when my sister called and said, 'Moma is at MUSC.' We walked into the room, the gauze packets and the tubes was there-he (God) was preparing me.  I didn't know that's what he was doing, though," said Middleton.

"Her hospital room was filled within a matter of an hour or less--that's how much she was loved," said Ruth Stewart, the victim's niece.

On Wednesday, a judge denied Thompson bond.  Margaret's niece said she died coming back from a church group meeting, where she was doing what she loved--fellowship with church members.

"She went to prayer meetings just about every day," said Stewart.

"She loved Greater St. Luke AME Church.  She loved the people at St. Luke," said Middleton.

Loved ones say she'll be remembered for carrying more about others than she did for herself.

"There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for you if you needed it.  She would say ‘if I have a dollar, you have fifty cents,'" said Stewart.

As her family copes with her sudden loss, they hope Thompson never sees the light of day.

"If you do wrong, you ought to be punished for it," said Middleton.

Deas is survived by two daughters and ten grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held for Deas early next week at Greater St. Luke AME Church in Downtown Charleston.

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