Solicitor: Biker convicted of felony DUI after 2010 accident
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- In the early morning hours of August 17, 2010, authorities say a woman accepted a ride from a motorcyclist that ended with her being lucky to even be alive.
According to Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, Todd Coffield offered to drive a female aquaintence to Waffle House but on the way he ran his motorcycle into a brick wall nearly killing the female passenger.
Wilson said the last thing the victim remembered was "ducking down and clutching onto the defendant as he sped down Elms Plantation Boulevard."
"A right turn in the road proved too sharp for the defendant and he flew off the road, traveling 250 yards through a wooden sign and two sets of bushes before crashing into a brick wall," Wilson said in a statement. "Due to the impact, the victim was in a coma for over a month. She suffered a lacerated spleen and liver and fractured nearly every bone in her body, including the bones in her neck."
During the trial, doctors told the court the victim's arm will be paralyzed and she will need medical treatment for the rest of her life.
Coffield, who was also injured in the crash and did not have a prior record, was convicted Tuesday of Felony Driving Under the Influence. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
"This is a sad case for everyone involved, and we hope that it serves as a warning to anyone thinking about drinking and driving" said Assistant Solicitor Spencer Compton.