Driver Arrested Following Fatal Auto-Pedestrian Accident

July 10, 2018, 9:08 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A motorist was taken into custody Monday night after striking an 11-year-old girl.

The incident happened just before 9:00 p.m. on Rutledge Avenue at Calhoun Street.

CPD’s public information officer, Charles Francis, said a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling south on Rutledge Ave. when it passed through several intersections and onto the sidewalk before striking the young girl.

That vehicle was driven by 30-year-old Jeffrey Wakefield. Francis said Wakefield showed signs of impairment and failed a standardized field sobriety test at the scene.

After providing a breath sample, he was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he submitted blood and urine samples which will be sent to SLED for testing.

The 11-year-old was rushed to MUSC with life-threatening injuries and taken off life support early Tuesday morning.

We are told her family is Danish and have only been in Charleston for a few days.

Wakefield is charged with felony driving under the influence and reckless homicide. He is being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center and is scheduled to have a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon.

This accident is being investigated by the Charleston Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team

Investigators say Wakefield was involved in a hit-and-run incident at Rutledge Avenue and Morris Street prior to the incident involving that young girl. They say he struck an unoccupied parked vehicle, no injuries were reported.

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At his bond hearing Tuesday afternoon, Wakefield was given a $50,000 bond for the charge of reckless homicide and denied bond for the charge of felony driving under the influence.