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Trial slated for man charged in cyclist's death

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By Jenny Arnold

The trial for a Lancaster man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist and then leaving the scene of the accident is slated to begin Monday.

Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol on Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The accident happened three days earlier.

John Haver, 68, a self-employed mechanic, was killed in the accident.

Hood is accused of speeding in a Lincoln that was driving away from the city of Lancaster on S.C. 903.

The Highway Patrol said Hood lost control of the Lincoln on the overpass over U.S. 521 Bypass, slammed into the left guardrail and then the right one before rear-ending Haver’s motorcycle.

Hood attempted to leave the crash scene, dragging the motorcycle about 100 yards with the Lincoln, authorities say. The car stalled and Hood reportedly ran.

A manhunt, assisted by the Lancaster Police Department, state troopers and State Law Enforcement Division, followed.

Hood turned himself in to police three days later and has been at the Lancaster County Detention Center since his arrest.

Hood’s family said last year that Lancaster Police Department officers are partially to blame for the accident after initiating the chase after Hood, who they knew did not have a driver’s license.

Hood’s family contends an officer attempted a “pit maneuver,” which involves an officer hitting a suspect’s vehicle on the side to cause the vehicle to spin out.

Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said the Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team determined that Hood’s speed was 86 miles per hour.  

The speed limit in the area is 45 mph.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151