Dad gave alcohol to teen driver in DUI crash that killed his daughter, SC officials say


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina father, whose teen daughter died in a DUI crash, has been arrested after he was accused of providing alcohol to the underage driver of the vehicle in the deadly wreck, officials say.

Nicholas Adams is accused of giving alcohol to 19-year-old Madison Bagwell and letting her drive in October.

The Oct. 13 crash killed a passenger, 17-year-old Jessica Faye Adaline Adams, when the car it veered off U.S. 25 in Travelers Rest and hit a guardrail, according to investigators.

Warrants show that Adams is charged with:

• Parties to a Crime – DUI / Felon driving under the influence resulting in death
• Parties to a Crime – DUI / Felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results
• Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (3 counts)
• Unlawful neglect of child or helpless person
• Giving beer or wine to minor, transfer or gift (2 counts)

Adams was given a $450 bond on the two counts of transferring gifts of beer or wine to a minor.

Warrants show that Adams is also accused of endangering two 13-year-olds that night because Bagwell was supposed to give them a ride home.

Bagwell is charged with felony DUI resulting in death.

Adams said he forgave Bagwell for her poor choices in a previous interview, “people make bad decisions. Accidents happen, poor judgment, I don’t hate her for it. I still love her.”

While Jessica Adams eventually wanted to be a nurse, her love was racing. Nick Adams says she and her friends were leaving the track the night the accident happened. 

Jessica Adams was supposed to race on the track that night but didn’t because her car was having problems. 

Nick Adams says, “her passion was racing, like mine. Every week, she didn’t have no nails done. Every week that girl was out there working on that race car.”

Jessica Adams’s 13-year-old sister and the sister’s boyfriend were in the car at the time of the accident. They were hospitalized as a result of their injuries from the accident. 

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