Authorities arrest Cross man for fatal hit-and-run in Berkeley County

Authorities arrest Cross man for fatal hit-and-run in Berkeley County

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say they have arrested a 32-year-old man accused in a hit-and-run that killed a 59-year-old woman.

SCHP officers arrested Terry Walter Erdman II of Cross Thursday afternoon in connection to a hit-and-run on Tuesday that took the life of Peggy Ann Cain of Cross.

Erdman was charged with leaving the scene of a collision involving death.

State Trooper Hannah Wimberly said Erdman's arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that was made on Shortcut Road off of SC45. According to Wimberly, a white Chevrolet mini van was stopped with missing parts that matched evidence at the scene of the hit-and-run.

Wimberly says Erdman's girlfriend was driving the van at the time of the stop and told investigators where Erdman was.

Erdman was then was taken into custody from his work place. According to SCHP, Erdman also had warrants for his arrest for other violations from the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office.

"This was a joint effort to make this arrest between the Highway Patrol and Berkeley County Sheriff's Office," Wimberly said on Thursday."Both agencies have worked day and night to investigate this collision."

Coroner Bill Salisbury says Cain was found lying on the side of Trojan Road around 10 p.m. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The South Carolina MAIT (Mult-disciplinary Accident Investigating Team) was called in to investigate.

According to the SC Department of Public Safety website, the MAIT team investigates complicated vehicle crashes, using state-of-the-art technology and analysis to reconstruct the scene.

Salisbury says an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Affidavits state Erdman is also wanted on charges of criminal domestic violence, malicious injury to personal property and third-degree assault and battery.

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