On March 28, 2018, Pamela Tackett of Gray Court was involved in a traffic incident on I-385 in which a construction worker was struck and killed.
On Thursday, Tackett, 32, was found guilty in a Laurens courtroom for felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI with great bodily injury and child endangerment. For the three charges, she was sentenced by Judge Roger Couch to imprisonment of 15, seven and seven years, respectively. The sentences are to run concurrently, meaning that that the sentence is effectively 15 years. She must serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence.
Zechariah Ivey, 28, worked for Bagwell Fence Company and was working in the median on the northbound side at Mile Marker 19 in Gray Court on March 28, 2018, when the accident occurred at about 10 a.m. He died on April 5, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Tackett, who was driving a 2012 Chevrolet SUV, struck a truck in the median and two pedestrians, one of whom was killed and the other, 23-year-old J.C. Howell, was seriously injured.
Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowry and Special Assistant Solicitor R. Knox McMahon prosecuted the case for the state with assistance from Investigator Walter Bentley and Victim Advocate Rhetta Christian. David F. Stoddard represented Tackett.
The case was originally tried in March, which resulted in a hung jury.
“We’re satisfied that, after two trials, the defendant is finally being held accountable for her actions and the horrific loss of life in this case,” Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo said in a statement. “We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our hard-working state troopers to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers."