Habitual traffic offender charged in fatal hit & run in Starr

Joe Gibert (Anderson Co. Detention Center)

STARR, SC (WSPA) – A man has been charged in a fatal hit and run accident that killed an Iva man.

Joe Frank Gibert, 48, has been charged with leaving the scene of a death, driving under suspension third offense and habitual traffic offender.

The crash happened around 1:25 p.m. Monday on Flat Rock Road near Starr.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said 73-year-old George Eugene Williams died at the hospital after the crash.

Boseman said Williams’ car broke down and he was hit by another car.

Troopers say Williams was crossing Flat Rock Road when Gibert hit him with his car.

Williams’ son, Randall Williams, asked the judge to deny bond for Gibert’s “total disregard for human life.”

Bond was denied on two charges.

When told by the judge he would remain in jail, Gibert replied he “would like to” and said he was sorry.

Randall Williams, a retired Anderson City Police officer, thanked first responders for trying to save his father’s life. He also thanked the Highway Patrol for catching Gibert.

Gibert remains in the Anderson County Detention Center.