Bond denied for man charged with Felony DUI

Victor Mazariego-Gomez appeared in a Myrtle Beach courtroom Monday morning on a charge of Felony Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Death in connection with an accident Saturday that killed a Virginia man.

The multi-car collision happened near 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Tamara Willard, Deputy Coroner with the Horry County Coroner's Office, says Dragan Simic, 40, of Virginia was pronounced brain dead around 11:10 Saturday night and died a few hours later.

During Monday morning's hearing, Judge Scott Long asked Mazariego-Gomez if he had anything to say. Mazariego-Gomez said he did not.

Simic's wife was in the courtroom and asked for bond to be denied. In an emotional statement, she talked about the four children Simic left behind. She told the court, "This man chose to drink and drive. My husband did not chose to lose his life."

The state also asked Judge Long to deny bond, saying Mazariego-Gomez is a flight risk because he is an illegal immigrant. The state is not 100% sure of Mazariego-Gomez's true identity, because he has no valid identification. Mazariego-Gomez is the name he has given to authorities.

Due to the nature of the crime and the lack of clarity concerning Mazariego-Gomez's identity, Judge Long denied bond.

Mazariego-Gomez was ordered to stay in custody until his trial on September 17th at 1:00 p.m. in General Sessions Court in Conway.