A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to DUI related to the August 2009 death of a 60-year-old Nichols woman, according to authorities.
Kimberly Kelley Hilburn, 41, of Winter Haven, Fla., pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence resulting in death before Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman, said Lauree Richardson, an assistant solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit. Hyman is set to sentence Hilburn in October.
Hilburn remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where she has been held since Sept. 15, 2010, after police arrested her in Florida, according to jail records.
An Horry County grand jury indicted Hilburn in February on the charge and two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, according to indictments.
The charges stem from Aug. 1, 2009, when Glendora Faye George, 60, of Nichols, was killed in a crash in the Finklea community of Horry County, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Hilburn crossed left of the center line while driving a 1995 Chevrolet truck and struck George's 1998 Ford sport utility vehicle. George was driving south on S.C. 917 north of Loris when the crash occurred at 9:37 p.m., police said.
Five other people in the vehicle with George were taken to area hospitals. Hilburn was also injured and was taken by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for treatment, and then she left the state.
George, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt-force traumas.
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