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Man sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing North Charleston pedestrian in hit-and-run

Sidney Foy (Al Cannon Detention Center)

A man accused of running over a 59-year-old pedestrian in Sept. 2015 while trying to get away from police has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

A Charleston County judge on Wednesday sentenced Sidney Foy, 30, to 18 years in prison for killing Dana Hughes, then 59, when he hit Hughes with his vehicle and left the scene while running from a Hanahan Police officer.

Foy pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 16, to several charges stemming from the incident, including hit-and-run resulting in death, reckless

homicide and failure to stop for a blue light. He was sentenced on the hit-and-run charge.

On the night of Sept 3. 2015, prosecutors say a Hanahan police officer saw Foy turn onto Tanner Ford Boulevard in Berkeley County without using his blinker.

Prosecutors say Foy briefly stopped to let a passenger out of the vehicle, then ran from the officer. A chase ensued, continuing at high speeds into North Charleston, before proseuctors say Foy hit Hughes with his vehicle as Hughes was crossing the street near the intersection of North Rhett Avenue and Remount Road.

Highway Patrol estimated Foy was driving between 67 and 82 miles per hour when he hit Hughes, who officials say died instantly.

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The chase continued, but officers ultimately called off the pursuit. Foy turned himself in the next day, according to prosecutors, at which time he admitted to hitting Hughes, and saying he had run from law enforcement because he was driving with a suspended license.

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