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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina OSAMA CALLS FOR UNHY Thursday January 13,2011 Vol. 145, No. 13 \ oilr Local Sourcc Siixcc I 8f)7 ======= www.atkenstandard.com _ Toda/s Weather Hijih 42» Low 19® Full forecast 16C 50^ Aftermath of a Tragedy jaif--facing felony DUI the legal side of the case against of Katie Scott and Alex Bush. Scholarships honor lives lost Felony DUI charge said to have 'teeth' By ROB NbVIT Senior writer When he arrived at use Aiken in 2005, Alexander Bush fully intended to transfer to another college after two years. That never happened. He appreciated his professors and the university and stayed on to graduate with an English deg^ in 2009. Similarly, his longtime girl-. friend, Katie Scott, had a great experience at Aiken Techmcal College to start her college career. Shortly before the new year, Bush, 24, and Scott, 22, were driving on S.C. Hi^iway 302 when a car crossed the median and struck them head-on. Bush was killed at the scene, and Scott died the next day at the Medical College of Georgia. Bush was in his second year of law school at the Charleston School of Law, while Scott was stucfying theater at the College of Charleston. Their legacies already include oigan donations. Now tfa^ also will have coU^e sclwlar^ps in ^eir names. The Scott fiirtiily has established the Katie Scott Memorial Education Scholarship at Aiken Technical College through the ATC Foundation. Bush's family has created the Alexander Bush Memorial Scholarship Fund at USCA, "We just had to have something for her," Holly Scott said of her older sister. "We don't want her to be forgotten, and in this way, she will continue to help people." Bush's grandmother, Joyce Ross, said she and her family have long-standing connections to USCA. "He embraced it there and succeeded there," she said. "We immediately thought of a use Aiken scholarship." Alex and Katie were terrific young people with a love of learning, said his mother, Sheryl Bush, who hopes to have her son's scholarship endowed permanently. The Bush f^ly has yet to set the criteria for that award. /iteKiMiB Honn«r E. Bishops Jackson Jimmie Ray Cumbee Sr., Aiken AlictR.B.Arowood, Williston MaryCDklwrt Warrenville WHnui Mm West Shelby, Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16A mm Calendar 5C Classifieds SB Crossword 4C Comics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C Markets 4B Movie Listings 5C Obituaries 0A O^nions 9A Puzzles 4C Sports li TV Listings , 2C Coriey Submitted photo Scholarships have been set up by the families of Alex Bush, left and Katie Scott at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College, respectively. V HfiiBii ili.....lidiiiiiìHifY ' ' ; I^ni:1|p «WlIflNIMlirí > To dtíñmp mi IIEfi^iirif fiiM a check may be made torthe AiKeÀ FartnersHlp éhú «en^to th^jU30.Ail$en Advancement Office. 471 University ParMÁfay^ Aiken 29001. For additional infprmation, contact Dr. Deidre Martin ^ 641*3443 or at peklreM@U8ca,edu. ^ To donate to the Katie S^ott ÌMaiiiorlal Edupation Scholarship, send a check tothe Aiken Technicai ColJS9e Fouridafion, P.O. Drawer 696, Aiken 29802. For more information, call ATC Foundation director Mary Commons at 593-9964, ext. 1332. The Scott Memorial will provide $500 for a student over two semesters. To be eligible, a student must be an Aiken High graduate and be enrolled full-time in ATC's university transfer program, pursuing a K-12 education and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. "We were honored they thought of us," said ATC Foundation director Mary Commons. "We're going to help out with a letter campaign to tiie Scott family and friends and let them know this scholarship has been established. We have a transfer agreement with USCA. That will woric out perfectly for stuitents to finish their education degrees there." Dr. Deidre Martin, a USCA vice chancellor, became friends with Ross through Ross' support of the university. While at the college. Bush occasionally stopped by Martin's office to say "hello." Please see TRAGEDY, page 10A By KAREN DAILY Staff writer A fatal crash and subsequent arrest of a Salley man has generated tremendous debate on the charges levied against the driver. Steven Coriey, 38, was charged with two counts of felony DUl on allegations he was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a head-on collision that led to the deaths of two area college students on Dec. 29. Many readers and web comment-crs have called for cliatgcs of "vehicular homicide" or "vehicular manslaughter" charges. However, in South Carolina, there is no vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide charge, but the distinction is just a matter of semantics, said Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond. He said the law, which carries with it a possibility of 25 years in prison for each count, has "teeth." The solicitor did not speak on the specifics of any case; however, Stephen Coriey, who is charged with two counts of felony DUI with death, could be sentenced to spend the next 50 years behind bars, if convicted. In such a conviction, the state would require he serve 85 percent of his sentence. The state statute in place gives state solicitors the tools they need to prosecute, Thurmond explained. Additionally, the state has the added ability to charge someone with murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter depending on how the vehicle is used in a death. "A vehicle can be used as a deadly weapon," he explained. A person who gets behind the wheel and intentionally runs over another person could face a murder charge, he explained. Mark Plowden, communi- More on felony tilH TheDUIIawcao also be applied when ; there is great bodllyr ;; Injury, which the s^ ' • defines as creatirtg, ' ' a substantial ri$R . of death or cauaiifp, ^ serious, permanei^t disfigurement.or ■ ^ protracted loss of biV ; impairment of thé ; * function of a bodily, : member or organ. .'' ; A person conVhM;; : of felony DUI With ^ ; great bodily injtiiy ' ' faces imprisonment ' < of 10 years. cations director for the Attorney General's office, said solicitors throughout the sate use the felony DUI charge frequently. "Whatever you choose to call it, the end result is the same," Plowden said. "All you are really talking about * is a difference in title - what ' we have is a good strong tool." Local law enforcement officers use the felony DUI and reckless driving statutes when they arrest a motorist for "gross negligence," police said. Gross negligence could be driving while impaired or reckless driving, explained Lt. Ben Harm, a veteran officer who has worked on the City's accident reconstruction team for the past six years. A reckless driver may not be under the influence of alcohol, but if convicted of reckless homicide, a driver can face 10 years in prison. Harm said officers can often tell the exact speed of the motorist and look for a number of other factors to determine if the driver was acting in a reckless manner. In December, Aiken Public Safety charged a Columbia man with reckless homicide on allegations he caused a head-on collision that claimed the life of an Aiken County man in late October. Please see FELONY, page 10A History the theme at Haley's inauguration .imii By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press COLUMBIA —Republican Nikki Haley made history Wednesday by becoming the first woman and first minority to run South Carolina and quickly entwined the conservative political movement that helped elect her with the state's fiercely independent past. "Let's see: tax protests, tea parties, Ae grass roots beating the profbssionals - it does have a certain familiar ring to it," Ha^y said during a brief inaugural address that forecast an administration aiming to buck federal man-dates and cut government spending. With Eer husband holding a Bible and their two chi<- ' dren by her side, Haley took the oath to become the state's 90th governor thanks in laige p^it to an outpouring of support from tea groups imd ao ^dorseop^ fipm former Ala^ Obv, Sarah Palin. Beginning h^ first speech at governor with a.brief his See more inauguration coverage on page 7A. tory lesson, she told how the site's residents dumped tea into Charleston Harbor in 1777 and South Carolina declared its own independence four months before the Declaration of Independence. Now facing high unemployment and an $829 million budget hole, she blamed the state's modem woes on Washington. "Nearly two years ago, the federal government in Washington decided to transfer its irresponsible fiscal practices to the, states. And our state, just like every other, accepted it," Haley said. "When we produce this year's budget, we will see the heavy price for having done so." Haley and most of the other dignitaries in the crowd wore overcoats against the cold snap that brought snow and ice earlier in the w^k, shutting down government and delaying some of the inaugural festivities. Haley's husband, Michael, an Army National Guard officer, wore his military dress uniform. Lawmakers, judges, former governors and choirs packed the State Hpuse steps for the ceremonies. Outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford, term-limited after eight years in office, escorted Haley from the Capitol door to the landing where she took the oath administered by Chief Justice Jean Toal. India's ambassador to the U.S., Meera Shankar, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour also attended. Haley, a 38-year-old former state representative, mostly downplayed her gender and her Indian-American heritage during her campaign. In her speech, however, she thanked her parents, who immigrated to the U.S. and moved to Bamberg before she was bom, and referenced challenges they faced. PIMM Mt HALEY, pagtlOA ÁP photo South Carolina Gov. NIkki Halty and formtr Gov. Mark Sanford make their way during the inaugural ceremony on WediMMlay.
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