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Lexington County man pleads guilty in felony DUI crash that critically injured South Congaree woman

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) A Lexington County man pled guilty this week to felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury in the case of a wreck that happened at the intersection of Pond Branch and Calks Ferry Roads in June of 2016. Guy M. Collins pled guilty to those charges and as a result, he received a sentence of 7 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections and a fine of $5,100. Collins entered his plea and was sentenced before the Honorable William P. Keesley of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Lexington.

According to Solicitor Rick Hubbard’s office, on June 3, 2016, Collins was driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Calks Ferry and Pond Branch Roads. His vehicle collided with a Ford Mustang driven by Malena Kinsey.. The Mustang was split into two separate pieces in the crash.

Kinsey’s mother, April D. Stone of South Congaree, was a passenger in the Mustang at the time of the collision, and she suffered great bodily injuries from the impact. She was transported by ground to a nearby landing zone where she was flown by medical helicopter to the trauma center at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. She was treated for multiple injuries, and it took a number of months for her to regain her mobility and health. She still has some medical issues that will probably affect her the rest of her life.

Stone is well known in the South Congaree community because she’s worked at Shealy’s PDQ, a popular store and diner, for some time. Wednesday, her son said that her family was glad to get that part of their life behind them. “He will spend a lot of time behind bars, and that will give him time to get his life together. He’ll also have lots of time to think about how he changed mom’s life forever,” he said. He went on to say that the family felt that the outcome was the best they could have hoped for.

Todd Wagoner, assistant solicitor for the 11th Judicial Circuit, prosecuted the case.

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