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Family of student killed by DUI driver wants tougher DUI laws

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Family of Brandon Mayo. Family of Brandon Mayo.
Brandon Mayo (Source: Sara Reale) Brandon Mayo (Source: Sara Reale)

Bond has been set for a man accused in a deadly DUI crash that killed a White Knoll High School student Friday.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said 60-year-old Michael Gray hit another vehicle along Old Barnwell Road in Lexington.

Inside that car was 15-year-old Brandon Mayo.

Mayo's family was in the courtroom Saturday morning and they are not happy with the amount Gray could pay to be released from jail.

Family members of Mayo are calling his death a "senseless tragedy."

Brandon died at the scene due to his injuries.

It's something no family should have to go through.

"We're angry, we're upset, my sister is beyond consolable," said Jason Amodio, Mayo's uncle.

Brandon's father and uncles still don't want to believe it's real.

"To label what's happened to Brandon as a tragedy is an understatement," said Amodio.

As Brandon's uncle spoke in court, Gray stood emotionless. When the judge asked Gray if he wanted to say anything, he didn't.

The judge set Gray's bond at $100,000 for the DUI charge and $15,000 for possession of a controlled substance.

Brandon's family said they are not happy with the decision to allow Gray the opportunity back on the road.

"To be able to walk out on a $100,000 bond, to us, is an injustice," said Amodio.

The family members know they can't get Brandon back, but they believe they can make a difference.

"How much blood and treasure do we have to lose in this state? How many people have to die in this state for our laws to get tougher," said Amodio.

They want more funding for public safety and more troopers on the road; and most of all, they want to try and find a way to feel whole again.

"We're at a place right now where we're just trying to figure out how we're going to go on," said Amodio.

Gray is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 20.

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