An area driver is facing up to a 15-year prison sentence in connection with a fatal drunk driving accident that occurred in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in early 2014. The Jan. 31 collision killed a 74-year-old Charlotte woman, according to official reports. The defendant in this case has chosen to enter an Alford plea. That is a special type of plea in which a defendant acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict, but the defendant does not expressly admit guilt for the DUI charge.
The man, who lives in North Carolina, was charged with felony driving under the influence involving death, according to news reports. He says that he does not remember the incident, but he has admitted to officers that he was drinking on the night of the collision. The crash, which also involved a third vehicle, happened at about 6:45 a.m. near Fort Mill on U.S. 21. The man apparently smashed into the rear end of a vehicle that was stopped with another car on the side of the road. The impact caused those two cars to collide, ultimately leading to fatal injuries for the older victim.