Man sentenced in deadly Anderson crash

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A man has pled guilty to felony DUI for a crash that killed a woman in Anderson.

Jonathan Hamby
John Hambry

The crash happened in May 2016.

Jonathan Edward Hamby, 30, of Starr was driving a company vehicle when the crash happened on Pearman Dairy Road (Highway 28 Bypass) at Getsinger Road near Westside High School.

The S.C. Highway Patrol says Hamby’s truck crossed the median and crashed head on into a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Loretta Renee Pressley, 49, of Starr died in the crash. She was driving the Trailblazer. A 4-year-old child in her vehicle was also seriously hurt.

Court documents show Hamby had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.

Photo courtesy of victim's family. Loretta Renee Pressley, 49
Photo courtesy of victim’s family. Loretta Renee Pressley, 49

Krut Systems in Anderson says Hamby was employed as a lineman for the company.

Hamby was sentenced to 15 years,  suspended after 11 years. He will also have five years of probation after he’s released from prison.

Pressley’s daughter said through tears that she forgives Hamby, but he robbed them of their mother and she feels like he is getting a slap on the wrist.