Man charged in Nun's death has criminal history

Kevin Ivery is charged in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident.
Kevin Ivery is charged in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police have arrested and charged 25-year-old Kevin Larone Ivery in connection with the death of 71-year-old Barbara Ann Wisdom, a nun from New York.

According to police, Wisdom was struck by Ivery’s car at the corner of Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate Road.

Ivery, of Peppercorn Lane,  has a long history with breaking the law. In Monday's night's incident, he is charged as a Habitual Offender and driving under suspension. His bond was set at $50,000 on Tuesday. Additional charges may be added after the investigation is complete.

Authorities say Wisdom was standing on the edge of Dorchester Road near the CVS Pharmacy around 7 p.m. when a Buick LeSabre, driven by Ivery, struck her. Wisdom was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

According to the Dorchester Country Corner's Office, Wisdom was a nun for 25 years in New York. She moved to South Carolina two months ago. She is survived by a brother and sister who are twins.

Ivery has a criminal history that dates back to 2005. In March 2006, Ivery was arrested and charged with distribution of crack cocaine with intent to distribute near a school. He was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol and unlawful carrying of a firearm. Later in 2006, he was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

In May 2009, Ivery was charged with hit and run with property damage. In February 2010, police charged Ivery with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine near a school and possession of meth or cocaine base.

In 2011, Ivery was arrested again in connection with a drug-related incident. According to North Charleston police, he was found in possession of a revolver that was reported stolen by police in 2009. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Later in 2011, Ivery faced additional drug charges and a charge of failure to stop for blue lights.

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