Summerville man who wrecked stolen truck killing man gets 40 years in prison

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville man who wrecked a stolen truck killing one man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Justen Lee Wilkes pleaded guilty to felony DUI involving death and two counts of first-degree burglary.

A report by the coroner's office states Sigman was in an SUV traveling east on Dorchester Road, and his wife was ahead of him in a pickup truck.

Authorities say a stolen vehicle driven by Wilkes crossed the median and hit Sigman's wife's truck in the rear driver side.

The coroner's office says Wilkes then hit William Sigman's SUV head-on.

Sigman died at the scene of the accident due to injuries he sustained in the collision.

South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say Wilkes also struck the tail end of a Volvo. The driver of that vehicle was transported to the hospital. 

Investigators say Wilkes ran from the scene and was later captured.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Don Sorenson.

According to prosecutors, the burglary charges were investigated by detectives with the Summerville Police Department and the North Charleston Police Department, and the felony DUI was investigated by the SC Highway Patrol.

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