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      Man accused of hitting, killing SCDOT worker charged with DUI

      LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) - Bond is denied for the man accused of hitting and killing a South Carolina Department of Transportation worker.

      Stafford appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday at 3 p.m. at the Lexington County Detention center without an attorney. He says he was scared with the incident happened.

      "That scared me, that scared me I had no idea," said Stafford.

      Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say 39-year-old Thomas Lee Stafford is charged with felony DUI and leaving a scene involving death.

      Stafford could face up to 25 years in prison for each charge.

      Monday's fatal accident is Stafford's 3rd DUI offense sinc 2008.

      Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman says Nicholas Johnson, 21, was working in the emergency lane of Interstate 20 when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene from severe head and body trauma.

      The vehicle that hit the worker left the scene, but the Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle further down I-20 and arrested Stafford.

      The incident occurred on I-20 at mile marker 63 near the Bush River Road interchange westbound around 1:35 pm Monday.