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Drunk driver who caused 2002 crash that left two dead paroled

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 7:26 PM
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An Augusta man who killed two women in a drunk-driving crash has been paroled after serving half of a prison term imposed in 2003.

David Wallace Fulcher, who killed two women in a drunken driving crash, was paroled after serving half of the prison term imposed in 2003.  SPECIAL
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David Wallace Fulcher, who killed two women in a drunken driving crash, was paroled after serving half of the prison term imposed in 2003.


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.

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happychimer
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happychimer 12/04/13 - 08:40 pm
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He should never be allowed to

He should never be allowed to drive again.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/04/13 - 09:21 pm
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He

He should not be in a living condition to serve parole. Period!

whocarestoday
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whocarestoday 12/04/13 - 10:49 pm
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Prayers for Mr. Fulcher

Praying that Mr. Fulcher is successful in adjusting to his new life in a world that is much different than the one he left many years ago.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 12/05/13 - 04:02 am
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anybody care to wager whether
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anybody care to wager whether he will adhere to the "no driving" condition???? not me......

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:35 am
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Sentenced to 24, served less than 10? 3 strikes you are out.
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Sentenced to 24, served less than 10? 3 strikes you are out.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:36 am
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Killed two with a loaded weapon. $30 a month as compensation?
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And that not to victims families. And justice for all.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:37 am
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Let is ring from every bell tower, "and justice for ALL......"
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Let is ring from every bell tower, "and justice for ALL......"

mad consumer
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mad consumer 12/05/13 - 08:38 am
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I'll bet a dime to a dollar

I'll bet a dime to a dollar he is drinking and driving within a week of release. He is a hardcore drunk and will always be. I'll also bet he has another crash within 3 months of being released.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/05/13 - 09:22 am
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Setting criminals free
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David Wallace Fulcher has been convicted of three DUIs. Why was he not convicted of murder this last time? What part of all the history he has was not shown to the parole board? When he kills again, please tell me that the parole board members will serve time for their part of his future crimes. This is a great example of why the public has no trust or faith in the leaders we have running things in this country.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/05/13 - 09:35 am
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Fix your headline on the

Fix your headline on the front page of the website... "Drunk driver who killed two woman paroled"

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/05/13 - 09:57 am
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They probably let him out

because the prisons are too crowded and need his bed for someone who likes to torture and kill people, deliberately and freely.

He's down a few notches from the guy going on trial next month for dragging his ex across three counties and forcing her 12yo son to watch it all.

But just a few notches. This loser knows he's dangerous when he's drinking, but somehow he still can justify to himself getting behind the wheel of a car. That's a deliberate and totally evil act, no matter how drunk he is. And it makes it murder when he ends up killing someone. He should have gotten life without parole.

I believe there is absolutely no chance he WON'T drink and drive again. No chance.

lashandra13
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lashandra13 12/05/13 - 10:40 am
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Should never drive again

He should never be able to drive anywhere!! 2022 is about the time my children will be driving and I don't anyone like that behind the wheel, they need to lock him back up and throw away the key!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/05/13 - 11:34 am
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I dunno; without regard to

I dunno; without regard to whether his time served is adequate or not (like you all, I don't think 11 years is enough considering the circumstances), prison tends to knock the taste out of your mouth.

I personally know two people who wound up behind bars as habitual DUI offenders. Thank goodness they were always caught before harming anyone. Both of them had to serve time more than once for DUI, but after the longer stints (years), they both quit for good. Won't go near alcohol or socialize with people who drink.

That is not to say that Fulcher won't relapse; but the threat of finishing that other 11 years is a mighty big motivator to stay clean.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/05/13 - 12:16 pm
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x2 anotherday. I know

x2 anotherday. I know prison-time will correct some and they come out a better member of society. Others' maybe not so much, so I don't fault anyone for skepticism.

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allhans 12/05/13 - 02:07 pm
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Is there a way to notify the

Is there a way to notify the public that a dangerous driver is on the street when he gets behind the wheel of a car.
Some sort of alarm system should be used .....loud, blaring...

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