The Chester woman who ran over a pedestrian in September and then fled was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to felony hit and run with great injury, according to prosecutors and court records.
Melodie Morris, 40, hit Jerome Key in late September when Key was in the road on Blake Street in Rock Hill. The collision was so severe that it broke the man’s femurs, collarbone and ribs, and Key had several pieces of his skin ripped off, among other injuries. Police arrested Morris about two weeks after the crime when Key’s blood and hair were found on her Jeep.
Morris has been in jail ever since.
Key, 57, was dragged almost 100 yards in the late night incident. Several people eventually stopped to help Key, but Morris fled the scene.
Morris had been charged with felony DUI, but that charge was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea agreement, said Megan Fuller, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Morris’ flight and arrest two weeks later would have made it difficult to prove intoxication at the time Key was hit and dragged, Fuller said.
Morris has previous convictions for cocaine possession in 2012 and two previous driving under the influence convictions.