Deadly DUI Investigation Continues - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

12/06/02

Deadly DUI Investigation Continues

Treacy Staunton's teammates and classmates at William Carey College hold a memorial service for her next week. The 20 year old freshman from Dublin Ireland was killed early Thursday morning in a car accident on Highway 90. Police say a drunk driver slammed into the car Staunton and four of her friends were riding in. Those students suffered minor injuries.

Police say the driver, 27 year old Michael Kramm, fled the scene and was arrested about a mile away. Kramm, of Pass Christian, is charged with felony DUI in Staunton's death. He remains in the Harrison County jail on a 125-thousand dollar bond.

Biloxi Police have released more information about Kramm's criminal history. Thursday's arrest is his third drunk driving charge in a little over five years. In June 1997, Biloxi Police arrested Kramm for drunk driving. He paid a fine in that case. Kramm's second DUI came in January of this year in Port Aransas, Texas. He's awaiting a court hearing in that case. In addition to Thursday's felony DUI charge, Biloxi Police say Kramm was also charged with not having a driver's license and possession of narcotics for having prescription drugs without a prescription.  Both charges are misdemeanors.  Biloxi Police spokesman Jackie Rhodes told WLOX News, investigators are awaiting test results from the state crime lab to determine Kramm's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident.  Kramm's initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Traecy Staunton was a member of William Carey's women's soccer team and a business major. A memorial service will be Wednesday at noon in the Parker Hall Auditorium on William Carey's coast campus. Staunton's family is making arrangements for her funeral back in Ireland. A benefit fund to help her family pay those expenses has been set up. Donations for the Benefit of the Staunton Family can be sent to Coast Community bank or St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi.

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