Conn. man facing DUI, hit-and-run charges in connection with fatal crash

mprabhu@thesunnews.comAugust 11, 2013 

Jomo Robert Foley

— Police arrested a Connecticut man Sunday after a Little River man died early that morning in a crash in Myrtle Beach.

Michael Dickson, 48, of Little River was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

Jomo Robert Foley, 42, of Waterbury, Conn., was charged with felony driving under the influence with death results and hit and run accident resulting in death or personal injury.

Foley was being held at Monday morning at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $75,000 bond, according to jail records.

According to Myrtle Beach police, officers responded to the intersection of 38th Avenue North and U.S. Highway 17 Bypass at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday for a reported crash.

After an initial investigation, officers learned that Dickson was driving a Chrysler Town & Country van headed south on Highway 17 when a Lincoln Navigator, driven by Foley, was heading west on 38th Avenue North. Dickson’s taxi hit the side of the Navigator as the sport utility vehicle passed through the intersection.

Officers said Dickson was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected out of the driver side door.

Police were told that Foley fled on foot. An investigation led them to search for him at the Best Western located at 28th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard where he was located and arrested early Sunday.

Dickson received his certification on June 18 to start his taxi company, Ebb Tide Taxi, LLC., according to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff.

Staff writer Tonya Root contributed to this report.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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