South Carolina: Michael Eugene Kelley charged with felony DUI in the death of Ethan Frank Rubenzer

Michael Eugene Kelley felony DUI killed eleven year old child in DUI crash Feb. 8, 2019. Spartanburg County Sheriff jail. South Carolina Highway Patrol

SOUTH CAROLINA: Michael Eugene Kelley was charged with felony DUI when death results in Spartanburg County Circuit Court on Feb. 12, 2019. Kelley is facing serious prison time for killing the child in a crash. Court records reveal that Kelley was out on bond on drug charges at the time of the fatal wreck.

Ethan Frank Rubenzer died on Sunday Feb. 9, 2019 after his family was hit by DUI driver Michael Eugene Kelley II, 29, of Spartanburg, S.C.

Ethan Frank Rubenzer

The solicitor’s office said one of those charges will be upgraded to felony DUI death, after Ethan Frank Rubenzer of Boiling Springs died Sunday afternoon at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said Kelley was headed south on Boiling Springs Road (also Highway 9) when Kelley’s SUV hit a car turning left onto Boiling Springs Road from Birds Eye View.

Troopers say the car that Kelley crashed into was driven by Patricia Rubenzer, 45, of Boiling Springs

A life so beautifully lived will be beautifully celebrated.

BOILING SPRINGS, SOUTH CAROLINA – Ethan Frank Rubenzer, 11, son of Trevor and Patti Gordon Rubenzer, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Ethan Rubenzer killed by DUI driver Michael Kelley in Spartanburg SC died on Feb. 10, 2019

Ethan was born on a very cold day (-22°), February 15, 2007, in West Allis, WI. He enjoyed Boy Scouts, fishing, camping, playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and sharing his gift of kindness with the world.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Grace; maternal grandmother, Louise Gordon of Libertyville, IL; paternal grandparents, Patrick and Karla Rubenzer of Chippewa Falls, WI; his uncle, Peter Gordon of Lake Forest, IL; two cousins, Logen and Quinn Gordon of Wadsworth, IL; his Godparents, Greg and Amy Stilling of Libertyville, IL; special friends, Molly and Jake Stilling, the Kallieris family of Libertyville, IL, Christine and Emily Poplawski; and most of all, his best friends, Will Poplawski and Michaela Bryans.

Ethan was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Gordon.

The family will greet friends Wednesday, February 13th, 3-6PM at Joy Lutheran Church in Moore, South Carolina.   A memorial service will follow at 6PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joy Lutheran Church, 3980 Moore-Duncan Highway, Moore, SC 29369 for the Carpenter’s Table Food Pantry, where Ethan loved to volunteer.

Additionally, Ethan has always wanted to be an organ donor like his grandma, Karla, and now his spirit and personality will live on in the recipients of his gifts.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

J. M. Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory, Roebuck, SC is serving the family.

Booking and court details of Kelley

Street Address:520 WINSMITH AVE
City/State/Zip:SPARTANBURG, SC 29306 4400
Race / Gender:BLACK / Male
Date of Birth:05/30/89 Height:6’02” Weight:300
Booking Time/Date:12:51:40 02/08/19
Booking Number:19-01341

Arrest Agency :Highway Patrol
Arrest Officer :RAINES
56-05-2945(A)(1) 0406FELONY DUI – GREAT INJURYGENERAL SESSIONS COURT201923705231210.00
56-05-2945(A)(1) 0406FELONY DUI – GREAT INJURYGENERAL SESSIONS COURT201923705231220.00
56-01-0460(A)(2)(a) 2054DUS 1ST OFFSPARTANBURG TRAFFIC COURT201923705231230.00
56-05-2945(A)(2) 0395FELONY DUI – DEATHGENERAL SESSIONS COURT2019A42101005840.00
NameCharge Code – Charge DescriptionOriginal Charge Code – Original ChargeDisposition Date
Kelley, Michael Eugene II0406-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results0406-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results
The State of South Carolina VS Michael Eugene Kelley II
Case Number:2019A4210100584Court Agency:Bond CourtFiled Date:02/12/2019
Case Type:Criminal-ClerkCase Sub Type:
Status:Pending/Initial AppearanceAssigned Judge:Clerk Of Court C P, G S, And Family CourtDisposition Judge:
Disposition Date:Date Received:Arrest Date:02/12/2019
Law Enf. Case:19CV026764True Bill Date:No Bill Date:
Prosecutor Case:Indictment Number:Waiver Date:
Probation Case:

Braghirol, David Arthur

2158 East Main Street Duncan SC 29334

Defendant Attorney 02/12/2019

Kelley, Michael Eugene II520 Winsmith Ave Spartanburg SC 29306BlackM1989Defendant02/12/2019

Raines, Ronald P Officer 02/12/2019

Case Parties

NameCharge Code – Charge DescriptionOriginal Charge Code – Original ChargeDisposition Date
Kelley, Michael Eugene II0395-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, death results0395-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, death results