A murder suspect was involved in a hit-and-run crash while she was presumably en route to a court hearing to plead to charges tied to a fatal shooting.
Stacey Patton, 23, of Clinton, was charged in the February 2010 slaying that left Rodney “Shane” Babb dead with a gunshot wound to the head. She was scheduled to appear at the Greenwood County Courthouse for a plea hearing Friday morning, according to officials. Yet reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol show she was hospitalized following a wreck a little more than a mile from the courthouse.


Patton was one of four passengers in a 2005 Jeep traveling south along Mathis Road when a northbound pickup truck veered into the opposite lane and struck the front end of the Jeep. According to SCHP Lance Cpl. Tony Keller, Patton and another passenger were taken to Self Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries. Officials did not expect any of the injuries to be life threatening.
Keller noted the pickup truck involved in the collision fled the scene before authorities arrived. Officials think Patton was headed to the courthouse to appear before a judge and plead guilty to the murder charge she faces in connection with the death of Babb, a 32-year-old Ware Shoals man.

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