Police reports give glimpse of final hours of hit and run victim, but questions remain

Police reports give glimpse of final hours of hit and run victim, but questions remain

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Incident reports made during the investigation into a fatal hit and run provide more information on what might have happened in the hours leading up to the victim's death.

Whitney Jordan, 24, died on July 28 from blunt force trauma, the result, police say, of a hit and run incident in downtown Charleston.

A Charleston police incident report states officers responded at 11 a.m. to an apartment on Blake Street in reference to assisting fire and EMS with an unresponsive party.

When officers arrived on scene emergency personnel were already treating the victim who was then taken to MUSC.

Police interview friends, roommate

Investigators say a friend of Jordan's told them she met her at a Meeting Street bar after work. The friend said she left the bar at approximately 1 a.m. and the two exchanged texts at some point around that time.

An employee of the bar told police Jordan left at approximately 1:30 a.m. and was taken home by a friend. That friend who took Jordan home said she dropped Jordan off at approximately 1:50 a.m. and saw her cross the street and walk toward her apartment building before driving away, the report states.

She told investigators Jordan asked her to text when the friend arrived at her home, which she did at approximately 2:08 a.m., the report states. The friend told police she did not receive a reply. The friend told police she was upset that she had not watched Jordan walk into her house after she was dropped off.

What happened during the next nearly four hours remains a mystery.

Jordan's roommate said she made multiple calls to him between 5:41 a.m. and 5:49 a.m., police say. When he answered, she was in the driveway outside and needed his help getting inside the apartment, the report states. He found her outside lying next to a sailboat in the driveway, noting her backpack was off, she had no shoes on and was bleeding from the ear, the report states.

He told police when he asked her what had happened, she told him she had fallen. He said he then picked her up, took her inside the apartment, into her room and placed her on her bed, the report states.

He told police he tried to keep her awake and asked her multiple questions to make sure she was not suffering from a serious head injury, the report states. After a few hours of keeping her awake to make certain she was okay, he said he tried to help her to the bathroom so she could clean herself up and she looked as if she were about to pass out, so he called a friend of his to help, the report states.

When the friend arrived from a short distance away, Jordan was unresponsive and they called 911 for help, the report states. EMS arrived before they could begin CPR and transported her to the hospital where she died, the report states.

Clues in driveway led police to suspect hit and run

Police say multiple stains resembling blood were found on the top side of the boat, which was propped against a fence in the driveway where Jordan's roommate had found her hours earlier. Police also spotted "two somewhat linear and parallel indentations (possibly tire tracks or drag marks) were located in the gravel beside the fence and close to the entrance to the driveway/parking lot," the report states.

Another report describes a long skid mark about 20 feet from the street that veered off the left side of the driveway and into vegetation. The skid mark, the report adds, was near the location where she was found by her roommate.

Police examined the contents of Jordan's backpack and found a Microsoft Surface tablet with a shattered screen.

Jordan's neighbors told investigators they neither saw nor heard anything unusual on the night of Jordan's death.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the case as a hit and run.

Jordan was a cook at The Alley bar and restaurant on Columbus street in downtown Charleston.

Police have not yet identified a make or model of the vehicle involved in the hit and run and ask anyone with information to contact Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch at (843) 743-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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