TWO-TIME KILLER D. J. HARRIS KILLED STEPDAUGHTER IN DUI CRASH
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — 03/24/2017– A man facing DUI charges after a fatal Abbeville County wreck has already been convicted of killing two in an earlier crash, confirmed trooper Joe Hovis with the state Highway Patrol.
The earlier wreck happened Sept. 26, 2004, in southern Greenville County.
Donald Jerry “D.J.” Harris, then 22 and living in Greenwood, was driving an SUV that struck a car head-on in southern Greenville County, according to an account published two days later in the Index-Journal.
Juan Gustavo Gregorio and Mauricio Jimenez-Lorenzo, both 23 and of Greenwood, died at the scene. Harris and a passenger were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Harris pleaded guilty Oct. 1, 2007, to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and one count of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury, according to the public index.
More than 12 years after that fatal crash, authorities say Harris was again driving under the influence when he crashed in Abbeville County.
Harris, 34, of Honea Path, was arrested Monday and charged with felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in serious bodily injury, child endangerment and driving under suspension.
On March 11, Harris’ 1998 GMC SUV ran off the left side of Tornado Road south of Honea Path, overturning and striking a ditch, according to the state Highway Patrol.
Speed was likely a factor, said Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley.
His 7-year-old stepdaughter, Abigail Faith Harris, died in the crash while Donald Harris and three passengers, including a 4-year-old and a 20-month-old, were transported to Upstate hospitals. MORE
|Harris, Donald Jerry||2974-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results, .08||-DUI / Felony driving under the influence, great bodily injury results||10/01/2007|
|Fine/Costs:||$11,144.09||Total Paid for fine/costs:||$0.00||Balance Due:||$11,144.09|
|Description||Cost Code||Amount||Charge Action||Disbursed Amount|
|DUI Surcharge $12||DUISUR||$12.00||$0.00|
|Spinal Cord Injury Research DUI $100||SCIDUI||$100.00||$0.00|
|Victim Services Asm 38.0013% / 5.7831%||ASMVIC||$1,938.00||$0.00|
|Victim Conviction Surcharge $100 / $25||CVSRCH||$100.00||$0.00|
|Collection Fee 3%||CFEE3%||$324.59||$0.00|
|Fine to General Fund||AFNEGF||$2,800.00||$0.00|
|Law Enforcement Funding Surcharge $25||LEFSUR||$25.00||$0.00|
|DUI Pullout $100||DUIHPP||$100.00||$0.00|
|Fine to State 44%||AFINES||$2,200.00||$0.00|
|Payment Date||Receipt Number||Entered By||Transaction Type Code||Payment Amount|
Obituary for Abigail Harris
Abigail Faith Harris, 7, of 35 King Drive, Honea Path, died Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Born in Greenwood, she was the daughter of Scott Harrison Moss and Amanda Worthington Harris. Abigail was a student at Long Cane Elementary School.
Surviving in addition to her mother and stepfather, D. J. Harris of the home, her father and his fiancée, Angie Simpson of Greenwood; a sister, McKayla Harris; two brothers, Eli Templeton and Jacob Harris; four aunts, Julie King, Nancy Barrett, Stacy Worthington and Tara McBride; an uncle, Tony Moss; and grandparents, Gary Moss, Danny Worthington, Don Harris, Paula Newman and Penny Harris.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Moss.
Family members are at their respective homes.