Hartsville man sentenced to a year in prison in fatal Horry County vehicle crash

troot@thesunnews.com June 7, 2012 

A Hartsville man pleaded guilty to causing a fatal crash that killed a 41-year-old woman in May 2011 and will serve a year in prison and three years on probation.

Don Leget Marsh, 59, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide Thursday, according to court records. Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Marsh to five years in prison, but suspended that upon Marsh’s service of a year in prison and three years on probation.

Marsh was given credit for the time he served from his June 3 arrest until his release on $75,000 bail on July 19 and Hyman also ordered him to pay court costs.

Marsh was originally charged with two counts of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury and one count of felony driving under the influence resulting in death, according to jail records.

The charges stemmed from the May 7, 2011, crash on U.S. 501 in which Deanna Lynn Plyler, 41, of Heath Springs, was killed, S.C. Highway Patrol troopers said. Marsh was injured in the crash and not charged until he was released from the hospital.

The crash happened at 12:40 a.m. near Singleton Ridge Road when Marsh, who was traveling north in a 2007 Toyota pickup reportedly crossed the median and struck a 2001 Nissan SUV in the southbound lane, troopers said. The truck also hit a 2006 Honda before coming to a stop.

Plyler, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was the driver of the SUV and was killed in the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said at the time.

The driver of the Honda was not hurt.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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