James Bloodworth II (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
A photos of Patterson and the other victims on the golf cart, taken the night of the crash. (Source: Patterson's family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A man accused of hitting a golf cart then fleeing the scene of the accident in Fountain Inn pleaded guilty in court Monday, nearly a year after the fatal crash.
Fountain Inn police said James Bloodworth II, 36, was driving his Pontiac sedan when he crashed into a cart that was turning on to Weston Street from Quillen Avenue on July 19, 2013.
Police said four people were on the golf cart when it was hit, killing 75-year-old Janice Patterson and injuring the others.
According to prosecutors in court Monday, Bloodworth came up on the cart, hitting it, backed up and drove around the victims thrown from the cart.
Prosecutors said the golf cart had its lights on the group was headed home after singing at an event in downtown Fountain Inn.
Bloodworth's defense attorney Kim Varner said his client panicked but later turned himself in. Varner said Bloodworth did not see the cart until he came up on it as it was after sunset. South Carolina law says the use of golf carts is legal during daylight.
In court Bloodworth addressed the victims' family saying, "I am deeply sorry, if I could go back, I would stop."
Bloodworth pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of accident involving death and great injury charges. A Greenville County judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison minus time already served on home detention.
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