Landrum man gets 10 years for fatal hit-and-run

Published 6:46 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Landrum man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for fleeing the scene of a 2008 accident in which a pedestrian was killed.

Emilio R. Edwards, 34, pled guilty to hit and run with a death. Circuit Judge Mark Hayes sentenced Edwards to 15 years, suspended to 10 years in prison with five years of probation. Edwards was also sentenced to 500 hours of public service after his prison sentence.

The fatal hit-and-run occurred on April 15, 2008 at about 8:45 p.m. in Greer. Edwards was driving a Chevrolet van on Hwy. 101 when he hit a man who was standing in the road. Gary Pope, 49, of Greer, died from multiple body trauma.

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A witness told officials that after the wreck, Edwards pulled into a nearby driveway, lit a cigarette and wiped down the front bumper of the van before driving away. Pope was hit again by another vehicle after Edwards left the scene.

Edwards turned himself into police the next day. He said he had no time to react when Pope stepped into the road in front of him and admitted leaving the scene.