Man sentenced to 3 years in fatal accident that killed wife

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Johns Island man was sentenced to three years in jail for a drunk driving incident on the Stono Bridge that killed his wife.

Michael Tupper entered an Alford plea Monday to both driving under the influence and reckless homicide. An Alford plea does not admit guilt but does concede there is enough evidence for a conviction. In addition to his three-year sentence, Tupper was given five years probation.

Police say Tupper was speeding from Charleston back to Johns Island in May 2010 when he lost control of his car on the Stono River bridge. His wife, 21-year-old Tiffany Tupper died after the car flipped  over on the Stono Bridge.

Police say Tupper was racing with a friend when the wreck occurred.

Prosecutor Greg Voigt says Tupper was going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. One witness admitted to drinking with Michael Tupper before the accident.

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