Bond denied for W. Ashley man charged in deaths of Stratford students

Bond denied for W. Ashley man charged in deaths of Stratford students
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)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied on Friday for a 48-year-old West Ashley man charged in connection to the deaths of two Stratford students who were killed in a hit-and-run in Hollywood.

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

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested Webb on Thursday.

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

Authorities say the Jeep was seen driving recklessly just before it struck the two teenagers, who were riding skateboards, 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.

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

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