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Prison for woman convicted in fatal 2011 wreck

Posted: August 14, 2013 - 7:35pm  |  Updated: August 17, 2013 - 11:06pm
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Kristine Marie Heath, 37, was found guilty of vehicular homicide in the death of 18-year-old Morgan Renew.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Kristine Marie Heath, 37, was found guilty of vehicular homicide in the death of 18-year-old Morgan Renew.

An Augusta woman convicted Wednes­day in a 2011 wreck that killed a Barnwell, S.C. teen, could spend the next two decades in prison.

After two days of testimony and more than three hours of deliberation, a Columbia County jury found Kristine Marie Heath, 37, guilty of vehicular homicide, five counts of serious injury by vehicle and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Heath to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

“I’m not seeing an acceptance of responsibility, none at all,” Annis said at the sentencing after the trial at the Columbia County courthouse in Evans. “I’m shocked by the total lack of remorse or concern or emotion, that you realize that you’ve just taken a life.”

On June 17, 2011, Heath and six passen­gers were leaving a family reunion at a Ridge Road campground in Appling when she ran a stop sign at the intersection with Washington Road. Her Ford Explorer was hit by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Angel Her­rin, of Augusta.

Throughout the two-day trial, Heath’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, maintained that Heath was not impaired by alcohol, though she admitted to drinking two beers before the wreck.

“No doubt whatsoever, I was not,” Heath testified. “I thought I was very much in control.”

The jury did not find that Heath was impaired, and instead found her guilty of vehicular homicide because she was distracted and ran the stop sign.

“I wasn’t expecting the sign,” Heath testified Wednesday, adding she wasn’t familiar with the curvy rural road. “I didn’t see it.”

Morgan Renew, 18, was a backseat passenger and died from her injuries.

Several people in Heath’s vehicle and Herrin, her husband and 8-year-old daughter also suffered serious injuries.

“I’m sorry is not enough,” Heath told Renew’s family and Herrin. “I wish I could take it all away.”

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It's too late for regrets,

It's too late for regrets, she took a life and now she must face the consequences of her actions, not seeing the stop sign it's not an excuse. The lawyers from have came across many similar situations and each time they managed to help their clients find justice for all they've suffered.


I read this news with terror.

I read this news with terror. I never thought that a woman was behind the 2011 fatal wreck. How could a woman of her age commit such a heinous crime? Even men do not go to the extent of being so cruel.

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I don't have any idea that

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