Pedestrian hit, killed at Anderson Jockey Lot - FOX Carolina 21

Pedestrian hit, killed at Anderson Jockey Lot

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Flowers placed as a memorial outside of the Anderson Jockey Lot. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina) Flowers placed as a memorial outside of the Anderson Jockey Lot. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Christopher Martin on camera in front of an Anderson Co. judge. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina, Anderson Co. Detention Center) Christopher Martin on camera in front of an Anderson Co. judge. (Oct. 22, 2012/FOX Carolina, Anderson Co. Detention Center)
ANDERSON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Troopers have charged the driver in a crash that killed a pedestrian outside of the Jockey Lot in Anderson on Sunday.

The crash happened along U.S. 29 about 11:45 a.m. at the lot.

Troopers said Christopher Martin, 28, was driving a four-door Buick was driving south on U.S. 29 when he veered off the right side of the roadway and struck two pedestrians.

Joseph "Mich" McClellion, 25, was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he later died, according to Don McCown of the Anderson County Coroner's Office.

The other pedestrian was not injured, according to troopers. McCown said McClellion was standing well to the side of the highway across from the Jockey Lot when he was hit.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They charged Martin with felony driving under the influence involving death and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the wreck.

Martin faced an Anderson County judge Monday afternoon. During the hearing, an attorney for the McClellions spoke about Martin's criminal history and asked the judge to keep him behind bars.

"We think he is a dangerous felon, someone who is likely to repeat offend if he is let out on bond," said attorney Calhoun Pruitt.

The judge set Martin's bond at $70,000, sending him into an emotional breakdown. Martin told the judge he was on disability and lived with his father.

The father of one of several witnesses, Don Stanton, spoke with FOX Carolina and said his son saw Martin barreling down the road. He said McClellion was helping a woman across the street from the Jockey Lot when he was hit.

McClellion's family owned the Jockey Lot. His father William Richard "Dicky" McClellion Jr., 65, passed away in June after a long illness while Joseph McClellion's younger brother Matthew "Jet" McClellion, 15, died in a car accident in September.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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