Two people arrested in Mt. Pleasant teen's hit-and-run death on I-526

Authorities shut down I-526 following fatal accident . (Source: Live 5 News)
Authorities shut down I-526 following fatal accident . (Source: Live 5 News)
Johnathan Spicher (Source: CCSO)
Johnathan Spicher (Source: CCSO)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Two people have been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run that took the life of a 17-year-old Mount Pleasant woman on I-526.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department says 32-year-old Johnathan Spicher has been charged with reckless homicide, and Matthew McIntosh has been charged with obstruction of justice for the death of Gracie Benjamin.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 2 at 9:53 p.m. when officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a fatal collision on I-526.

According to police, Spicher was driving in a reckless manner in a BMW sedan and overtook a Toyota SUV driven by Benjamin.

A report states contact was made between the two vehicles causing the SUV to flip several times.

"Miss Benjamin was ejected from the vehicle onto Interstate 526 which resulted in fatal injuries," police said in a statement.

Police say a Kia Sorrento driven by Matthew McIntosh was also travelling eastbound and came upon the collision scene and struck Benjamin's body.

"Mr. McIntosh initially stopped at the scene, got out of his vehicle and approached Miss Benjamin's body but retreated to his car and left the scene," authorities said.

The incident caused the shut down of I-526 eastbound lanes for several hours as authorities investigated the incident.

In addition, SCDOT officials reported that westbound lanes in the area were closed as police continued their investigation.

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