A South Carolina woman arrested by Varnville Police in connection with the hit-and-run killing of a four-year-old was identified as Jennifer Miller, 30.
She was booked into Hampton County Jail on December 10. Miller is facing a felony charge of hit-and-run accident leading to death and a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run accident leading to injury.
The victim, four-year-old Ja’Karie Breland, was struck while riding his bike on Saturday. His dog and uncle Delante Chisholm were also struck by the car before the driver left the scene.
The dog died on the spot while Ja’Karie succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning at Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina. Chisholm sustained minor injuries.
Varnville Police said they were able to locate the car by using cameras at a local convenience store. Officers saw Miller’s car enter the parking lot shortly before the crash.
They spoke to Miller inside her home and she agreed to go to the police station. However, police chief Tyrone Smith said she never showed up.
An officer later stopped her on Main Street as a result of another alleged traffic violation. She was then taken to the Varnville Police Department for questioning.
Both Varnville Police and the State Law Enforcement Division carried out a full investigation of the car at a local body shop and they obtained enough evidence to charge Miller.
Police said Miller had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the crash because she failed to pay traffic citations.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can help you to build a case.
Civil cases are separate from criminal proceedings.