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On April 14, 2015
Conway, South Carolina-Yesterday in Horry County General Sessions Court, defendant Gabriel Lee Gratto, 30, pled guilty to Felony Driving Under the Influence resulting in death, Felony Driving Under the Influence resulting in great bodily injury and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in death. Gratto was scheduled to stand trial on the aforementioned charges with jury selection to begin today.
Yesterday morning, the Honorable John C. Hayes, III accepted the guilty plea and sentenced the defendant to serve fifteen (15) years at the South Carolina Department of Corrections without possibility of parole. Senior Assistant Solicitor Bradley C. Richardson of the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office represented the State on this matter.
This incident occurred on May 15, 2013, when Gratto met with a group of friends at a local golf course in the North Myrtle Beach section of Horry County; during the course of that afternoon of golfing, Gratto consumed several alcoholic beverages. Upon leaving the golf course, Gratto and his companions travelled to a local bar where they then consumed more alcohol. At around 6:30 p.m., Gratto paid his bar tab, got behind the wheel, and drove south on Highway 31 toward the south end of the Myrtle Beach where he resided.
While traveling on Highway 31, several witnesses observed the defendant’s erratic and reckless driving and attempted to call law enforcement, utilizing both Horry County 911 and Star HP (*47), to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Prior to the South Carolina Highway Patrol being able to intercept the impaired driver, Gratto exited Highway 31, traveled down Highway 544 and eventually to Secondary Highway 394 near the Prestwick Golf Course.
Unfortunately, at that time, victims Ms. Joan Errickson and her fiancé Mr. Charles Roach were travelling along the same road in the opposite direction of Gratto when they observed his Jeep Wrangler veer over into their lane. While Ms. Errickson attempted to escape the oncoming Jeep by pulling far onto her shoulder of the road, Gratto’s Jeep violently struck into her Buick LeSabre on the driver’s side door at a speed of approximately 51 MPH. The collision was captured on a security video that was later provided to the State by Prestwick.
The video further showed Gratto exit his own vehicle, peer into Ms. Errickson’s Buick and look into her window to see she and Mr. Roach trapped in the vehicle, prior to running away from the scene on foot. Ms. Errickson was pronounced dead at the scene and Mr. Roach was rushed to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. They were planning to marry that summer.
Gratto was located a short time later at his home and brought back to the scene where he was administered a field sobriety test, which he failed.
Thereafter, the defendant was charged with the aforementioned crimes. The investigation revealed that the defendant’s Blood Alcohol Content was well above the legal limit for impairment.
On April 10, 2015
in Events, General
Conway, South Carolina – To honor April as Fair Housing Month, Horry County Planning & Zoning and the Horry County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Office are holding a Housing Fair. The event will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Horry County Government & Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. Everyone is invited to this free event to learn about state and local programs that serve all income levels. Exhibitors will include Habitat for Humanity, Mary’s Lighthouse, His Hands of Horry County, Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors, Wells Fargo, Myrtle Beach Housing Authority and more! There will also be free workshops:
For more information, contact John Danford with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-7909 or Diana Seydlorsky with Horry County CDBG at 843-915-7033.
On April 10, 2015
in Weekly Update
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On April 8, 2015
Conway, South Carolina – Below is the Special Election schedule for Horry County Council District 6.
4/17/2015 12:00 p.m. (noon) – filing opens (Elections Office)
4/27/2015 12:00 p.m. (noon) – filing closes
6/16/2015 Special Primary Election
6/18/2015 10:00 a.m. certification (Elections Office)
6/30/2015 Runoff Election
7/2/2015 10:00 a.m. certification (Elections Office)
8/4/2015 General Election
8/7/2015 10:00 a.m. certification (Elections Office)
The following precincts are eligible to vote for Horry County Council District 6:
For more information, please contact the Horry County Registration & Elections Office at (843) 915-5440.
On April 2, 2015
in Weekly Update
Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events and releases for the week of April 6-10, 2015.
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