A Fountain Inn woman was sentenced to more than two decades in prison in connection to a Laurens County wreck that killed a man driving a tractor.
Tara Ann Mahan pleaded guilty Monday to felony DUI resulting in death and possession of methamphetamine. Circuit Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced the 35-year-old to 22 years in prison on the DUI count, with a concurrent three-year term for the meth charge.
At 2:15 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Mahan was driving east along S.C. Highway 308 near Fleming Mill Road when she struck a tractor from behind, causing the vehicle to overturn. The tractor’s driver, 29-year-old Wesley Robinson of Laurens, died at the scene.
Authorities said a toxicology test showed Mahan had methamphetamine and marijuana present in her system at the time of the crash.
Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowry and Assistant Solicitor Wade Dowtin handled the case for the state with assistance from 8th Circuit Investigator Walter Bentley and Victim Advocate Rhetta Christian. Mahan was represented by Tristan Shaffer of the Laurens Public Defender’s Office.
“It is devastating to think about this hard-working young man being senselessly killed on our roads during the middle of the day. ... It is my hope and prayer that Wesley Robinson’s family and friends can gain some sense of closure today,” Solicitor David Stumbo said in a released statement.
This year has seen multiple DUI convictions in connection to fatal wrecks. In July, Pamela Tackett was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection to a 2018 wreck on Interstate 385 that killed a highway worker in Laurens County. And in March, Ronald Lee Derossett was given a 17-year sentence after pleading guilty in the 2018 deaths of John Ruley and Tommy Burdette in Greenwood County.