Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet then sentenced Harrell, 21, of 1020 Kurze Ave., to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years probation. Harrell was also sentenced for violating his probation, which he was sentenced to in 2011 a few months before the wreck.
Assistant State Attorney Rob Sale told jurors in his opening statement Thursday that Harrell had been “clubbing” the night of Oct. 22, 2011, and closed down a Grace Avenue nightclub before getting behind the wheel of Miah Hill’s Toyota Corolla about 4:10 a.m. and
driving off with Hill in the passenger seat, Danielle Guilford and Armondo Spruell in the rear seats.
Harrell got up to more than 90 mph as he sped eastbound on U.S. Business 98. As he approached the intersection of N. Cove Boulevard the light turned red and Harrell accelerated to
A white truck going north on Cove entered the intersection, the driver noticed that the approaching car was not slowing and he stopped in the intersection. Harrell swerved to avoid a collision, but lost control of the Corolla, which slid sideways across the westbound lanes
and smashed into a utility pole.
The impact broke the Corolla into two pieces and killed Guilford
instantly. The other three occupants of the car escaped without serious injury.
Harrell initially lied to officers about who was driving, claiming that Hill was operating the vehicle. Hours later, Harrell confessed.