A 29-year-old Seabrook man is charged with reckless homicide and hit-and-run with injuries in the death of a 42-year-old man who was struck by a car Sunday night while he walked down Bailey Road.
Jerome Anthony Willis was charged Tuesday by the S.C. Highway Patrol, but an agency spokesman would not say how he became a suspect.
Vincent Leonard Wright, also of Seabrook, was walking down the middle of Bailey Road wearing dark clothing at about 9:30 p.m. when he was struck by a northbound vehicle that didn't stop, Lance Cpl. Bob Beres said.
Wright, who had severe head and chest injuries, was flown to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and pronounced dead at about 11 p.m., according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott. The body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy and toxicology tests, Ott said. Results are pending.
Beres would not say how fast the vehicle might have been traveling or other details of the accident because it is still under investigation.
The arrest was Willis' first in Beaufort County, according to the county jail log.
Jasper County records show he has charges for unlawfully carrying a pistol, weapons possession during a violent crime and trafficking 200 to 400 grams of cocaine. All three charges stem from one incident in 2010 and are still pending, according to court records. He had posted a $16,000 bond for release from the Jasper County jail.
Willis is in the Beaufort County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.
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