A Mount Pleasant woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison today after pleading guilty to the felony DUI death of a Navy sailor who'd just completed his nuclear school training.
The term was one of the more severe DUI sentences handed down recently at the Charleston County Judicial Center.
In May 2008, Justin Elliott, 24, and three other motorcyclists had stopped at a U.S. Highway 17 red light in front of the Towne Centre shopping mall in Mount Pleasant. As the group accelerated, Elliott lost control of his bike and fell over.
That's when a Ford Explorer driven by Mallory L. Hood drove through, running over Elliott. He died on the scene, suffering massive injuries. A second motorcyclist was also struck and severely injured.
Hood was later pulled over by police who detected a strong odor of alcohol. A blood test administered three hours later set her blood alcohol at .26 -- far above the state's legal limit of .08. Police estimates are that at the time of the accident, her blood alcohol content was as high as the .30 range.
Read more in tomorrow's Post and Courier.