Man Who Stole South Carolina Fire Apparatus and Caused Fatal Accident Ruled Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

A man who escaped from Naval Hospital Beaufort in 2012, stole a Port Royal fire truck, then struck and killed a pedestrian has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Kalvin Hunt was ordered to remain in a secured psychiatric facility during a hearing today in the Beaufort County Courthouse.

Hunt, of Sumter, had been charged with murder, grand larceny, seven counts of hit and run with injuries, two counts of resisting arrest, and first-degree assault and battery in the Feb. 24, 2012, incident. He was a Marine at the time.

Hunt fled the hospital and stole a Port Royal fire truck parked nearby during an emergency call, according to police reports. He drove the truck down Ribaut Road, crashing into six cars and killing 28-year-old Justin Miller, who was walking along the road, according to police.

Three forensic psychiatrists determined Hunt was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident, it was revealed at the hearing.

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