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Driver Charged In Late-Night Accident

One young man is hospitalized in serious condition and another was taken to jail after a mysterious car accident this weekend.

Monday Tryon Police are still piecing together the details of what happened early Saturday morning to send Colin Habenicht to the hospital with a closed head injury.

Police responded to 911 calls around 5:30 a.m. that a man had been struck by a car on Carolina Drive. When officers arrived they say Habenicht was laying in the 600 block in front of his family's home.

William Hannigan, 23, of Tryon was arrested at the scene and is charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. He has since been released from Polk County Jail on $3,500 bond.

Police say when they arrived, Hannigan was waiting there near the black 1999 Ford Mustang that he had been driving and that it's unclear if there was a passenger.

Habenicht's father says he was out of town over the weekend, but that his son and Hannigan are friends and he believes they had been spending time at the house.

Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowwood says Hannigan has been cooperative and there were also several witnesses, people had been gathered at the house.

But officials say it's still unclear what exactly happened leading up to the incident.

Also part of the investigation - a neighbor said a young man that was delirious and bleeding from the head - knocked on her back door Saturday morning while police were out front at the scene. Officials say its unclear how or if that young man is connected to this incident but did say he was at Habenicht's house that night.

Monday Arrowwood was careful not to say conclusively that Hannigan actually hit his friend with the car, which could suggest something like car surfing was happening when Habenicht was injured.

Habenicht is in serious condition at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

Highway patrol was at the scene Monday working on accident reconstruction.


 



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