Authorities identify woman killed in accident involving Charleston Co. deputy, state constable

VIDEO: Authorities identify woman killed in accident involving Charleston Co. deputy, state constable

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have identified a woman who was killed this past weekend in an accident involving a Charleston County deputy and a state constable on James Island.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says 32-year-old Megan Eichman died on Sunday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Just before 10 p.m., a deputy was responding to assist another involved in a foot pursuit when the deputy’s unmarked department SUV collided with another vehicle, said Roger Antonio with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was driving west in the 1000 block of Folly Road when the woman, driving east, turned left in front of him, according to Antonio. The deputy and a state constable riding in the front seat were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The deputy was released from the hospital and is on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation. The state constable remains under hospital care.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision at the request of the sheriff’s office as per policy.

The accident shut down Folly and Camp Road in both directions until 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. Dispatch received the call at 9:48 p.m. Sunday night.

Initial investigation started out as traffic stop

The initial incident started around 9:43 p.m. when another deputy was conducting a traffic stop at the post office at Folly and Central Park roads. The sheriff’s office says the deputy ran the driver’s information through dispatch, and soon thereafter, the driver fled on foot.

CCSO officials say the deputy notified dispatch who then requested available units to respond. The deputy caught the suspect identified as James Garrett.

According to the sheriff’s office, Garrett was driving with a suspended license and was wanted for a failure to appear for a bench warrant through Hanahan police.

Garrett was transferred to the custody of Hanahan police.

Officials with the Hanahan Police Department say the warrant out for Garrett were for failure to appear from July 2018 on charges of driving under suspension, no proof of insurance and no tag light.

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