David Wallace Fulcher’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit the afternoon of July 30, 2002, when he plowed into the back of Hattie Umoh’s vehicle as she waited at a red light at Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway. Her vehicle was crushed between Fulcher’s pickup truck and a dump truck.
Umoh, 53, and her aunt, 83-year-old Daisy Oliver, died that afternoon. At his Feb. 14, 2003, sentencing hearing in Richmond County Superior Court, Fulcher apologized profusely.
But as Umoh’s children noted at the hearing, the fatal crash wasn’t Fulcher’s first DUI, and it wasn’t even the first time he had hurt someone while driving drunk.
Fulcher had two prior DUI convictions. In May 1994 he crashed into another vehicle whose driver was out of work for a year, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle. Fulcher, now 47, received a four-year probated sentence for that crash.
He was also convicted of misdemeanor DUI in 1991.
In February 2003, Fulcher pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and four misdemeanor offenses. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison. However, earlier this year that sentence was amended to 22 years, the technical and legal maximum sentence possible.
Fulcher’s parole began Wednesday with his release to the Richmond County jail, where he will complete the incarceration time for the misdemeanor offenses of driving too closely and driving without insurance. Fulcher should be freed in about two months.
Fulcher is to report to his parole officer as soon as he is released. Special conditions of parole, according to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, include electronic monitoring, educational courses and substance abuse treatment. He must also pay $30 a month to the state’s crime victim’s compensation fund.
Fulcher is not allowed to drive as long as he is on parole – until July 30, 2022.