Suspect in fatal West Ashley hit-and-run out on bond, funeral set for victim

911 call from fatal W. Ashley hit-and-run
Forrest Carlton (source: Yearbook)
Forrest Carlton (source: Yearbook)

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The funeral of hit-and-run victim Forrest Carlton will be held Thursday, December 12th. The service is scheduled for 2:30pm at the West Ashley Chapel of J. Henry Stuhr Inc.

According to the Charleston County Detention Center the 18-year-old suspected in a deadly hit-and-run in West Ashley who took the life of the 22-year-old man is out on bond.

Tuesday Daniel Shirley surrendered to investigators and his bond was set at $50,000 later that night.

Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say Shirley will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

Shirley was also arrested Friday, December, 6th.

According to a background check, Shirley was charged last week with possession of marijuana, alcohol, having an open container, and littering.

Tuesday the Charleston County School District confirmed the victim, Forrest Carlton graduated from West Ashley High School this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, school Principal Mary Runyon said,

"The West Ashley High School family is deeply saddened by the loss of Forrest Carlton. The pleasant smile, kind demeanor and joy that he brought to school each day will be among the lasting memories we treasure. These are gifts that have unique and special qualities. Forrest gave them freely and asked only for a smile or a high five in return. His graduation day on June 4, 2013 was a wonderful day for all of as we celebrated Forrest's accomplishments. Our best thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn his loss."

Tuesday a memorial with flowers and a cross with Carlton's name on it were set up where the accident happened on Ashley River Road near Plainview Road.

Investigators with the sheriff's office announced on Monday that they found the suspect's car, a black Dodge Charger at the Middleton Cove Apartments, off Ashley River Road. Deputies say it had a car cover over it.

The apartments aren't far from where the victim, 22-year-old Forrest Carlton was hit around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Carlton died just after 1 p.m. Sunday at MUSC.

According to Stan Butkus, state director South Carolina Mentor, Carlton was receiving services from a center for adults and children with disabilities and special needs.

The organization released a statement Monday:

"All of us at MENTOR are terribly saddened by the death of a young man in our care, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. For 30 years, we have provided high-quality, life-enhancing services to adults and children with disabilities and special needs. We care deeply about those we serve and strive every day to ensure their safety and well-being."

"We pledge our on-going cooperation to law enforcement as they investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Selective Traffic Unit, Carlton was struck by a vehicle on Ashley River Road between Plainview and Parsonage Roads.

Deputies said around 3 a.m. a concerned citizen was traveling in the area when they saw a man lying on the right side of the road.

The caller said to the 911 operator, "He's lying on the side of the road. He's not talking. He's just breathing in and I don't know if he's been hit," the caller continued to say, "He's barely breathing, he's gasping for breath, he's not moving at all. He's gasping for breath."

Authorities said the suspect's vehicle left the scene without providing any aid to the victim or information.

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