Summerville man sentenced after fatal W. Ashley hit-and-run

Jason Frank Marion (Source: CCDC)
Jason Frank Marion (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville man was sentenced Tuesday after hitting a cyclist with his truck and leaving him to die last year in West Ashley, authorities say.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said 32-year-old Jason Frank Marion pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. Wilson said he was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

Marion will be eligible for parole after serving six years. If released, he would then be placed on probation for an additional three years, according to Wilson.

Investigators say 51-year-old Gerard Nieto was riding his bicycle in one lane of Savannah Highway near White Oak Drive on the morning of May 4, 2012, when Marion struck him from behind with his truck.

Court documents state Marion then fled the scene before officers arrived and failed to contact authorities about the incident.

Nieto died shortly after the collision.

Marion was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and failure to exercise due care.

Sandy Senn, the attorney for Nieto's family, said the family was "satisfied with the outcome" of the trial.

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