Suicidal driver punished for death of child - Horry County SC
Jones was 17 at the time of the accident, which occurred when he intentionally aimed his Chevrolet Tahoe at the Bellamy family car in an attempt to commit suicide, hitting their vehicle at maximum speed. Jones was paralyzed from the waist down in a prior wreck in 2004 while he was driving alone. He drove a modified vehicle that allowed him to accelerate by hand.
Erica Bellamy was killed while riding in the back seat in her car seat with her mother, father and brother, all of whom suffered injuries in the crash. Her family was awarded $750,000 in actual damages and $10.2 million in punitive damages. The family has said they feel closure at the close of the trial.