BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - It was an emotional day in court as 43-year-old Iidelfonso Adame plead guilty to charges of felony DUI along with a hit and run involving a death. Solicitor Duffie Stone told the court, Adame was more than twice the legal limit when he hit an SUV on Highway 278 on Hilton Head Island this past October.
"Witnesses saw Adame start weaving in and out of traffic, driving wreck less, close to other cars, backing off," said Stone. "At one point, he drove so far over the right side of the road, he lost control. When he lost control, he shot across the road and struck the back of the SUV."
Stone says two of the toddlers inside the SUV were ejected out. The SUV rolled and it landed on two-year-old Abril and killed her. Stone says even after the wreck Adame cranked his car back up and drove five miles.
"Two citizens followed the car, called 911 and lead officers to his Adame's car," said Stone.
Through an interpreter, the toddler's mother Irma Corona spoke to the judge asking for justice.
"He didn't take the time to check to see how my children were doing," said Corona.
The defense painted another picture of Adame, saying he was a hard worker with a good heart and a strong family, but struggled with alcoholism.
After the judge heard from both sides, he sentenced Adame to 15 years in prison. While the little girl's parents were very emotional and didn't want to comment on the decision, Adame's supporters were relieved because he faced up to 50 years in prison with 25 for the felony DUI and another 25 for leaving the scene of the accident.
"I think it was very fair because he could have gotten more time," said Adame's friend Juan Banitez.
Adame will get credit for his time served, but because this is a violent crime but he will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.