Boater receives 5 years for fatal crash that killed USC student

Boater receives 5 years for fatal crash that killed USC student
Hailey Bordeaux
Hailey Bordeaux

MANNING, SC (WIS) - A boater has been found guilty on two of three charges related to a crash that killed a USC student on Lake Marion in 2014.

The judge sentenced Morris to five years in prison for failure to render aid in the crash that killed USC student Hailey Bordeaux of Sumter.

A jury found Chad Morris guilty of negligent operation of a boat and failure to render aid at the scene of a crash. Morris was pronounced not guilty on the most serious of the three charges he faced, reckless homicide by boat.

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Morris told the judge he "walks around in misery each day" prior to sentencing.

Prosecutors said Morris was driving recklessly on Lake Marion the night of July 4, 2014. when he hit a boat carrying 21-year-old Hailey Bordeaux and her friends and then left the scene near Scarborough Landing before responders arrived. Bordeaux died as a result of the collision.

Bordeaux, a 2011 graduate of Sumter High School, was a senior at the University of South Carolina, according to her obituary. She was honored as a member of the Teaching Fellows of USC and a member of the Phi Mu Sorority.

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