Charges Filed In Boating Accident

Anderson County deputy was killed

Ed Jenson
August 05, 2017 - 9:30 am

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has charged 37-year-old Joseph Fleming with Reckless Homicide through operation of a boat. 

Fleming is an Army Corps of Engineers employee who was driving during a June 1 training exercise on Lake Hartwell. One of his two passengers was 30-year-old Deputy Devin Hodges.

A DNR spokesman said, during the exercise, Fleming executed an action which caused himself, Hodges and another deputy to be thrown off the boat. The boat kept running despite no one at the helm. 

According to the Anderson County Coroner, Hodges drowned because his life jacket got caught in the propeller. DNR would not go into specifics about what action caused all three to be ejected into the wate

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