SPARTANBURG (AP) — A Spartanburg woman has pleaded guilty in a hit and run death of another woman earlier this year.
Colleen Adaire Casey, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported.
Jacquelyn White, 23, was struck and killed early on April 22. She was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where she died.
Circuit Judge Frank R. Addy Jr. sentenced Casey to three years in prison, three on home detention, followed by three years of probation.
Prosecutors say Casey knew she hit White and tried to cover up the crime with the help of her boyfriend, 31-year-old Kevin Terrant Miller of Spartanburg. Miller has been charged with accessory after a felony.
Prosecutors say both women had been at a party together earlier. White left first and was walking in the road when she was hit by Casey, prosecutor Barry Barnette said.
The defense said White was the victim of a tragic accident, not a crime.
“She was illegally walking two to three feet in the roadway, in dark clothing, in a rural area where there was no streetlights,” defense attorney Brenden Delaney said. “Jackie and Colleen were best friends. They lived together. They were living together at the time of this accident.”