Reward upped to $20,000 for details in fatal hit-and-run
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The reward for details leading to the arrest of the person who struck and killed a 46-year-old Goose Creek man two weeks ago has been raised to $20,000.
Jathon Roland Bellamy, 46, was on his bicycle when he was struck and killed by a motorist in the area of Cosgrove Avenue and Azalea Drive the night of February 25. The suspect did not stop, officers say.
The reward increase was announced Friday morning during a press conference at North Charleston City Hall.
Attorney Kevin Smith, who is representing Bellamy's family, said Hoffman Law Firm is kicking in $11,000 towards the reward, which was initially set at $9,000 by Crime Stoppers.
Bellamy's family, as well as investigators with the North Charleston Police Department, were in attendance at the presser.
His sister says the family forgives the person who did it, they just want to know what happened.
"If he rode in front of you, tell that story. Don't just run. It's hard knowing my brother was left on the road," Shauntel Moultrie said. "I hate is has to be money to make someone come forward, but I pray they they will come forward."
Police say they do not have any identifying information regarding the vehicle that struck Bellamy.
The lead investigator says it's difficult to solve hit and runs, especially fatal ones.
"If you see a car out there with damage to the windshield, call us. We'll follow up on it and find out if it was a part of this or part of something else," North Charleston Police Officer Anthony King said.
If you have any information on this incident, call North Charleston Police at 843-554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
On Sunday, Jae Bellamy's friends are sponsoring a bike ride to honor his memory and raise awareness of bike safety. At 2 p.m. riders will get a police escort from Barrel House Spirits on Virginia Avenue to the intersection of Cosgrove Avenue and Azalea Drive where the hit and run happened.
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