Man charged in connection with fatal December 2017 hit-and-run on Dorchester Road

Mike McGeady, 34, killed Dec. 8 in a hit-and-run on Dorchester Road (Source: Live 5)
Mike McGeady, 34, killed Dec. 8 in a hit-and-run on Dorchester Road (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident which left one man dead in December 2017.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office deputies took Chase Ausbrooks into custody on April 4 in connection with the crash. Deputies responded to the 4000 block of Trevor Street to try and contact him, but Ausbrook wasn't home. They later encountered the vehicle he was in and took him into custody.

Ausbrooks, 21, was charged with hit and run involving death and given a $150,000 surety bond.

On the night of December 8, 2017, Officials said Mike McGeady, 34,  was riding his moped on Dorchester Road near Coosaw Creek Boulevard when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. That vehicle then fled the scene.

North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said McGeady was also struck by a second vehicle while he was lying in the roadway.

"We heard a knock at the door and it was the police," Ellen McGready, Mike's mother said in the days after the crash. "We knew as soon as we saw them that something awful had happened."

McGeady's family described him as the jokester in the family. The one who could change the tune in the room.

"He made everyone laugh or tried to," said Jennifer McGeady, his sister. "He always wanted to be the center of attention, and he usually was because he was always the loudest."

Hyman's Seafood in downtown Charleston posted to Facebook about their former employee's death, getting hundreds of comments in return.

As for his presence in the family, it went beyond the jokester.

"He loved his niece and his nephews," said Melinda West, another family member. "He was Uncle Mike, their buddies, their partner in crime."

"He taught me how to play guitar," said Victoria Galow-McGeady, his niece. "He taught me how to swim and dive."

According to the family, Mike had a passion for music and theatre. Friday he found out about a leading role he got in an upcoming play.

"He called me at work and he was telling me about this play and how it was the complete works of William Shakespeare abridged by Flowertown Players," Christopher said. "He told me how excited he was and how he used one of our favorite movies (Tommy Boy) as his audition piece. Even though I was at work we just went back and forth for ten minutes quoting this movie."

"The last thing that we talked about was how he was so happy he had gotten the part he wanted in a theatre play," Harley said.

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