A Connecticut man, who pleaded guilty Tuesday in a fatal crash that involved a taxi driver in Myrtle Beach, is sentenced to three and a half years in prison and to pay $6,000 in restitution, according to authorities.
Jomo Robert Foley, 43, of Waterbury, Conn., pleaded guilty to hit and run, duties of a driver involved in an accident with death and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Burch, according to court records.
Burch sentenced Foley to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but suspended that sentence upon Foley’s completion of three and a half years in prison, $6,0000 restitution and three and half years on probation, court records showed. Foley’s probation will be terminated after he pays restitution and serves 18 months.
Foley also was ordered to complete substance abuse counseling, undergo random drug and alcohol testing and pay court costs, according to records.
Foley was originally charged with felony driving under the influence with death results and hit and run when he was arrested Aug. 11, 2013, following the crash at 38th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach.
Michael Dickson, 48, of Little River was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 3:20 a.m. that day, authorities said.
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.
Dickson had received his certification on June 18, 2013, to start his taxi company, Ebb Tide Taxi, LLC., according to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff.