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Police: Suspect arrested in fatal September hit and run on King St.

Source: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Source: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Sharline James was struck on Sept. 19, 2014 while crossing King Street. (Photo Source: James family) Sharline James was struck on Sept. 19, 2014 while crossing King Street. (Photo Source: James family)

Charleston police have arrested a suspect in connection with a hit and run on King Street in October, just days after the victim of the incident died.

Carlos Reynard Simmons, 35, of North Charleston, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

Sharline James was struck while crossing the intersection of King and Simons Streets in downtown Charleston at about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. 

James' daughter, Sierra Scott, said her mother suffered serious head injuries and required multiple surgeries following the accident.

James' uncle confirmed that she died on Thursday at a long-term care facility where she had been since November.

A blue 2014 Dodge Challenger which police say was involved in the incident was brought to authorities on Sept. 24. Police say the car had damage on the passenger side of the hood and was missing the headlight bezel. A headlight bezel was found at the scene of the accident, Francis said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant to remove fiber samples from the damaged area of the hood and sent them to the State Law Enforcement Division for analysis. The examination confirmed fibers taken from the hood of the vehicle matched fibers taken from James' shirt and hair, police say.

Investigators also say the car was registered to Simmons and determined he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, Francis said.

Simmons is being held in Georgia pending extradition to Charleston.

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