Conway teen sentenced to 10 years in prison in fatal Myrtle Beach area crash

troot@thesunnews.comMay 10, 2013 

— A Conway teen was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed a Columbia man last year on U.S. 17 near Surfside Beach, according to court records.

Jordy Wayne Calhoun, 19, of Conway pleaded guilty Thursday to felony driving under the influence with death results and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman, according to court records. Hyman gave Calhoun credit for the time he’s served since being arrested on Sept. 22, the day of the crash.

The crash occurred about 1:20 p.m. that day when police said the Jeep Grand Cherokee Calhoun was driving a left the northbound lane of U.S. 17 Business near Pirateland Campground, crossed the grass median and struck a van head-on as it traveled in the southbound lane.

A passenger in the van, Wesley Samuel, 52, of Columbia, was killed and four other passengers in the van were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Both vehicles overturned.

Calhoun and a passenger were taken to Conway Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Both were wearing seat belts.

In the September crash, Calhoun also was charged with driving without a license, being an uninsured motorist and operating an unregistered vehicle, according to court records. Calhoun was found guilty following a bench trial in October on the uninsured motorist and unregistered vehicle charges, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Calhoun pleaded guilty to the driving without a license charge and was sentenced to five days in jail, according to jail records. His license has been suspended and he must pay court costs on all the charges.

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