Judge dismisses fatal hit-and-run charge against DNR officer

Jeffery Thomas (Source: CCDC)
Jeffery Thomas (Source: CCDC)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A judge dismissed a fatal hit-and-run charge against a reserve Department of Natural Resources officer last week, citing insufficient probable cause to take the case to trial.

Jeffery Lewis Thomas, 44, of Mt. Pleasant, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in mid-August, but on Sept. 10, the judge dismissed the case.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Monday her office was reviewing the dismissal and discussing the next possible steps.

Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office also said on Monday that they felt the original charges were appropriate and are working the solicitor's office on the matter.

Investigators say Thomas struck the cyclist, 40-year-old Matthew Denton around 9:30 p.m. on Riverland Drive on James Island.

Thomas then got out and checked on Denton, but left the scene and drove towards West Ashley, according to Major Jim Brady.

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