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Friday, September 12, 2008

Plea Submitted in South Carolina Crash

From the Spartanburg Herald Journal:

Regarding a car crash last September, the 20 year old female driver this past Thursday “submitted an Alford plea regarding two counts of felony driving under the influence and received a sentence of up to six years under the Youthful Offender Act.” “An Alford Plea is one in which the accused does not admit guilt but concedes that enough evidence exists to make a conviction likely.”

The Department of Corrections will now determine the length of her sentence.

She did not have a driver’s license at the time of the crash “but succumbed to peer pressure by driving the car.” The car crashed into the back of a truck just after at least some of the car’s six occupants had been huffing computer duster.

The driver’s mother has also been charged with “accessory to a felony after the fact” as she has been accused of removing the cans of duster “in an attempt to hide evidence.”

Two of the passengers sustained severe injuries.

One woman “suffered severe head trauma, from which she has not recovered, and is wheelchair-bound. In her early 20s, it is unlikely she will ever walk and unknown whether she will communicate fully again.”

The other female passenger "shattered every bone in her face below her temples and has had many difficulties from the loss of her left eye and recovering from surgeries.”

The prosecutor said that huffing computer dusters, had been the cause and "We just can't tolerate that. As a parent, it scares me to death. It's a horrible situation that's going to affect them the rest of their lives."

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