Charges in fatal Aiken wreck

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 10:45 AM
Last updated 4:59 PM
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AIKEN -- Charges have been filed in a fatal traffic collision that occurred Oct. 25 on University Parkway  east of Vaucluse Road.

According to a news release from the Aiken Department of Public Safety,  John Thomas Ford, of Columbia, has been charged with reckless homicide. Ford was the driver of a 1991 Ford Ranger that crossed the center line and struck an oncoming 1989 Chevy S-10 driven by Christina Cook, 37, of Camp Long Road, injuring Ms. Cook and killing her husband, Walt Cook, the news release stated.

Ford turned himself in to Aiken Department of Public Safety officers this morning.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/02/10 - 03:03 pm
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How is it wreckless homicide?

How is it wreckless homicide? Did the guy do it on purpose? I thought it was manslaughter if it was an accident...

tomcampbell
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tomcampbell 12/02/10 - 04:04 pm
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SC CODE Sectdion

SC CODE Sectdion 56-5-2910
(A) When the death of a person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury received by the driving of a vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others, the person operating the vehicle is guilty of reckless homicide. A person who is convicted of, pleads guilty to, or pleads nolo contendere to reckless homicide is guilty of a felony and must be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both. The department must revoke for five years the driver's license of a person convicted of reckless homicide.

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Fiat_Lux 12/02/10 - 10:04 pm
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Did they have evidence he was

Did they have evidence he was driving his vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of others, like excessively high speed or DUI? Crossing the center line inadvertently while unimpaired and going within the speed limit wouldn't seem like reckless homicide. I wish we had a few more details.

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justus4 12/03/10 - 09:28 am
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This guy is probably a U know
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This guy is probably a U know who, which would explain the charges and why he will have serious problems defending such a case. He drove the vehicle. He had an accident. Fatalities were involved. In that state, he is already convicted. At this point, it's only an academic exercise.

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