Report: Troopers to charge Charleston man in fatal I-77 hit-and-run

Published: Feb. 12, 2016 at 1:51 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 2:28 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol have signed an arrest warrant for a 57-year-old Charleston man authorities believe was driving during a fatal hit-and-run that took the life of a 49-year-old woman.

Stevie Wolfe Breland is currently being held in the Charleston County jail on charges unrelated to the incident and is expected to be charged in a Chester County hit-and-run that took the life of Flora Merinda Ellenburg of Salisbury.

Court records state the Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested Breland on Wednesday on a failure to obey a court order charge.

Highway Patrol officials have not said what specific charges Breland faces in connection to the Monday morning hit-and-run on I-77.

According to authorities, Ellenburg was killed when the Ford Explorer she was a passenger in was rear-ended by a commercial truck, according to the SCHP.

A spokesperson for the SCHP said the commercial vehicle hit the Explorer, causing the SUV to lose control and overturn.

After the fatal crash, the driver of the truck left the scene, prompting a search for the vehicle.

Three days later on Thursday, just after 5:30 p.m., troopers tweeted that they had obtained a warrant for the driver of the truck.

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