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W. Ashley man charged in deaths of Stratford students killed in hit-and-run

Area of Highway 162 where accident is believed to have happened (Source: Live 5) Area of Highway 162 where accident is believed to have happened (Source: Live 5)

A West Ashley man has been charged in connection to the deaths of two Stratford students who were killed in a hit-and-run in Hollywood. 

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested 48-year-old Bernis Webb Jr. on Thursday.

Webb is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in the double auto-pedestrian accident on June 25. 

According to a report by the sheriff's office, Webb filed a false police report stating his Jeep was stolen after deputies had located the vehicle involved in the incident. 

Deputies say Deandre Richardson, 16, and Leonardo Suarez-Perez, 15, both of Summerville, were hit by a Jeep Wrangler on the 5400 block of Highway 162 late Saturday night.

According to witnesses, the teens were riding their skateboards when they were both struck by a Jeep Wrangler.

Authorities say the Jeep was seen driving recklessly just before it struck the two teenagers as it was making an attempt to pass another vehicle. 

"After striking the two pedestrians, the driver, while in the Jeep Wranger, fled the scene," authorities said."Both pedestrians sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene."

CCSO officials say deputies located the suspect's abandoned vehicle in the 7900 block of Highway 164. 

Shortly after locating the vehicle, authorities say the owner of the Jeep reported it stolen to the Charleston Police Department. 

"However, during the course of our deputies' investigation, it was discovered Bernis Webb's vehicle was not stolen and he filed a false police report with the Charleston Police Department," CCSO officials said. 

Webb is scheduled for a bond hearing on Friday at 2 p.m. 

According to CCSO officials, the investigation is continuing and more charges may be filed. 

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