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Charges increased against man who hit golf cart, killing Jefferson Co. woman

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  • Janice and Truett Patterson of Jefferson City are among four involved in a hit and run in South Carolina. The two couples were riding a golf cart in Fountain Inn, SC. Mrs. Patterson, 75, died.
  • James Stephen Bloodworth has been charged with four counts of hit and run.

(WBIR - Jefferson City) The man who was driving the car that slammed into a golf cart, killing a Jefferson County woman, is now facing additional charges.

Janice Patterson, 75, of Jefferson City died in Fountain Inn, SC after the golf cart she was riding was involved in a hit and run earlier this month.

Fountain Inn Police have charged James Stephen Bloodworth with reckless homicide.  Based on their investigation, officials say Bloodworth was driving an estimated 49 miles per hour.  The speed limit was 25 mph.

Investigators have found no problems with the golf cart, which was legally allowed on the road. 

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(July 22, 2013) Janice Patterson, 75, of Jefferson City died in Fountain Inn, SC after the golf cart she was riding was involved in a hit and run over the weekend. Patterson's husband, Truett, and two other people are still in a South Carolina the hospital.

The Patterson's pastor, Gene Wilder, said, "It was somewhat unbelievable. I'd talked with Jan just earlier that day."

Pastor Wilder said he still can't believe Mrs. Patterson will never sit on any of the pews inside First Baptist Church of Jefferson City.

"She was one of those kinds of people who did what she was asked to do and then looked for something more. She was always trying to do whatever she could," said Pastor Wilder.

Patterson was an administrative associate for the church and she was very involved in the church's music ministry.

Fountain Inn Police arrested James Stephen Bloodworth, 35, and charged him with four counts of hit and run.

Pastor Wilder said, "From what I understand, the person went home, told his mother, and then the mother called the police."

Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Greenville Health System said Mr. Patterson was in fair condition. Ted and Erma Atkison, relatives of The Pattersons, were in good condition. Family members say Mr. Patterson was moved into a room Monday afternoon and is scheduled for surgery Thursday.

Pastor Wilder said, "I visited [Mr. Patterson] in the hospital in South Carolina Saturday. I went down there to be with the family and to be with him. Even when I was down there he said, 'One of our Sunday School classes needs some audio equipment and I was going to provide it on Sunday morning. Can you make sure that gets done?'. That's the kind of person he is."

In addition to being a member of First Baptist Church's audio and video ministry, Mr. Patterson is also a deacon for the church.

Mr. and Mrs. Patterson had been married for 54 years.

Pastor Wilder said he's not familiar with Mr. and Mrs. Atkison.

Mrs. Patterson's funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, with graveside interment service to follow at Westview Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Carson Newman University, Appalachian Outreach, or the charity of your choice.

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