South Carolina: Nicholas Keith Blackstock DUI on Meth Sentenced to Nineteen Years in Prison for Killing Steven Richardson in Head-On Crash
Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins states that NICHOLAS KEITH BLACKSTOCK, age
30, pleaded guilty February 21, 2018, in Pickens County to Felony DUI Resulting in Death, Failure to
Stop for Blue Light Resulting in Death, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and sentenced to 19 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections by the Honorable Letitia Verdin.
NICHOLAS KEITH BLACKSTOCK will have to serve 85 % of the 19-year sentence before he becomes eligible for release.
Evidence presented at the plea hearing by Assistant Solicitor Baker Cleveland established that on April 7, 2017, NICHOLAS KEITH BLACKSTOCK was involved in a chase with police that went from Liberty, SC to 123 in Easley, SC when he crossed over into oncoming traffic and while traveling at a high rate of speed collided head-on with the car driven by the victim in this case.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and law enforcement found BLACKSTOCK had a quantity of meth in the car. A blood test revealed BLACKSTOCK was high on Meth at the time of the crash.
The Pickens County Coroner reported that Steven Louis Richardson, 59, of 108 Welborn Circle, Easley, S.C., was unrestrained in the crash that took his life on April 6, 2017, and died of blunt force trauma as he operated a Nissan Sentra and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 10:30 pm.
Obituary for Steven Louis Richardson
Mr. Steven Louis “Peter” Richardson, 59, of Easley, South Carolina, departed this life on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Born in Due West, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Dorothy Louise Richardson.
“Peter” was a 1976 graduate of Dixie High School in Due West and attended Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
He was formerly employed by the Greenville County School District, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as an aircraft mechanic and Ashmore Brothers, Inc., and was owner and operator of Steve’s Cleanup Shop.
He was a member of the Easley Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully, as a member of the Brotherhood Board, Male Chorus and the Voices of Union Choir. He was also a member of the Progressive Masonic Lodge #424, a Prince Hall Affiliate.
He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Valerie Lynette Richardson.
Left to cherish many fond memories are his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” Simpson Richardson of the home; daughters, Lawanda (Bruce) Bolden of Knoxville, Tennessee, Tracy Mattison of Greenville, South Carolina and Adrian Enwright of Greenwood, South Carolina; sisters, Stephanie Gordon of Honea Path, South Carolina and Monica (Ken) Storey of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers, Aubree Richardson of Greenville, Eddie Richardson of Due West, and Reagan (Gwendolyn) Fair of Greenville; three grand-children, Austin Mattison, LaMonte Sanders, and Jarvisia Gilleva; sisters-in-law, Melinda Anderson and Sara Collins; brothers-in-law, Leroy (Mary) Simpson and Clarence Simpson and a host of other relatives and friends.