A 27-year-old man has admitted striking a motorcyclist with his SUV and leaving the scene.
Rentenze Roshawn Farris of 6827 Old State Road, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty last month to reckless driving and hit-and-run involving great bodily injury.
Circuit Judge Maite Murphy sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.
She also ordered Farris to pay restitution, undergo random drug/alcohol testing and provide 150 hours of public service employment.
The victim, 57-year-old Bryan Quinn, said in a phone interview prior to Farris’ sentencing that he felt justice would be served best if Farris performed community service with amputees.
In Murphy’s sentencing of Farris, she stipulated a preference for him to perform community service with amputees or victims of trauma.
The incident occurred on April 29, 2018 on U.S. Highway 15 near Santee.
S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Judd Jones said the incident occurred around 8 a.m. when Farris was driving a 2008 Honda SUV southbound on U.S. 15 and Quinn was driving his motorcycle north.
Quinn went to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid Farris.
However, Farris “kept coming and struck Quinn” on the shoulder of the road, causing him to spill from the motorcycle, Jones said.
Farris continued and then ran off the left side of the roadway into a ditch, leaving behind a severely wounded Quinn, Jones said. Farris then abandoned his vehicle.
During a bond hearing, Quinn told the court that Farris left him to die.
When Farris looked down at his foot, it was no longer there.
“He severed my foot upon impact,” Quinn said.
Quinn removed his belt to make a tourniquet to stop the blood loss.
He also called 911 to tell them he was in an accident.
Quinn soon realized that no one would see him from the road, so he used his reflective vest as a makeshift flag and crawled to the roadway to increase his visibility to medics and passersby.
“I believe it was the hand of God to save me,” he said, “God guided me to get myself to the side of the road.”
Quinn said he left Charleston that morning to head to Lake Marion, taking the scenic routes of S.C. Highway 61 and U.S. 15.
He’s continuing with physical therapy and the adjustments of life with the sudden loss of a limb.
In other business:
• William Joshua Kirk, 20, of 906 Garland Road, Rowesville, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
Murphy sentenced him to prison for three years, suspended to three years of probation.
She also ordered him to obtain his GED, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.
Kirk originally faced the charge of first-degree assault and battery.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-or-subsequent offense of possession of a controlled substance.
• Ulysses Wilson III, 31, of 2192 Kingsbury Drive, Sumter, pleaded guilty to forgery, no dollar amount involved.
Murphy sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to one year of probation.
She also ordered him to undergo random drug/alcohol testing and pay restitution.
• Denise C. Whetstone, 43, of 112 Betsy Lane, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic violence.
Murphy sentenced her to prison for three years, suspended to probation for two years.
She also ordered Whetstone to undergo random drug/alcohol testing and to successfully complete a batterer’s treatment program.
She was originally charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.