Anderson man gets 18 years for wreck that killed 3 people

ANDERSON, S.C. — An Anderson man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a wreck that killed three people.

Multiple media outlets reported that 26-year-old Riley McDermott pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of felony driving under the influence with a death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury.

Prosecutor Lauren Price says McDermott was driving drunk shortly after midnight Nov. 8, 1974 when his pickup truck crossed the centerline of a road and struck another car. Price said McDermott was going 73 mph in a 35-mph zone.

The wreck killed 22-year-old Corey Austin Simmonds, 17-year-old Amber Hope Perkins and 20-year-old Jessica Ann Roberts.

The wreck happened near a dorm at Anderson University, where he was an assistant baseball coach.

McDermott apologized in court Thursday.