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Man sentenced in 2009 fatal hit-and-run

Posted: January 24, 2012 5:20 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A Dalzell man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for hitting a vehicle on I-20 and leaving the scene of the accident which resulted in the death of an Elgin man in 2009.

Alan A. Stuckey, 39 at the time of the accident, pleaded guilty at the Kershaw County Courthouse to felony driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in death, according to S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Senior Trooper Brent Kelly. The 18-year sentence was delivered by 5th Circuit Court Judge G. Thomas Cooper Jr.

At approximately 9 p.m. March 19, 2009, 51-year-old Ronnie Humphries of Elgin was driving his 1991 Mitsubishi pickup truck eastbound on I-20 near mile marker 86. Stuckey, traveling in a 2006 Dodge Maxima, struck the rear of Humphries’ truck, Kelly said, causing it to veer off the right side of the interstate and into trees. Humphries was killed in the accident.

Thanks to information from a witness, the SCHP quickly located and arrested Stuckey, Kelly said. Prior to Monday’s sentencing, he was out on bond.

Kelly said one of the keys to the case was the information provided by the witness, which enabled the SCHP to quickly apprehend Stuckey.

“We always appreciate help from the public. In this case, it was information that helped us to apprehend Mr. Stuckey very quickly,” said Kelly. “We ask for assistance from the public. If you see someone driving erratically, that’s information we want to know. Call us.”

Motorists may report traffic concerns by calling *HP (star 47).

Kelly said he hopes Stuckey’s sentence will remind drivers to think about their decision before drinking and driving.

“I hope it sends the message that, if you make that bad choice, you could be looking at time in prison, something that will impact your whole life and the lives of others,” he said. “We continue to ask people to think, really think, before getting behind the wheel of a car when they’ve been drinking.”

A bad decision, Kelly said, can take a life and cause a lifetime of pain to those left behind.

“Mr. Humphries’ family has been hurting this whole time and will still hurt because they lost someone they loved,” he said. “It’s just so important to make the right decision – don’t drink and drive.”

 

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