Charleston police arrest man accused of injuring two in hit-and-run wreck

  • Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:17 p.m., Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:11 p.m.
Willian Cabrera, 48, of Birdie Garrett Street, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury in connection with a wreck that happened on Dec. 10, 2013.

Charleston police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of hitting a bicycle and injuring two people in a hit-and-run collision.

Willian Cabrera, 48, of Birdie Garrett Street is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, jail records show.

Police officers were called to the King Street Extension at Trescott Street around 1 a.m., an incident report states. A man and woman were lying on the sidewalk injured from a wreck.

They told police a silver-colored sport utility vehicle hit them from behind. The woman had been sitting in the man's lap while he pedaled the bicycle when the collision occurred, police said.

The SUV paused for a moment, then fled the scene, according to the report. The man and woman managed to get the vehicle's tags.

Paramedics transported the man and woman to Roper Hospital with injuries to their hands and legs, police said.

Investigators located the suspect vehicle in the driveway of a home on Birdie Garrett Street. The SUV's front bumper and hood were damaged, police said.

When officers approached the home, Cabrera stepped outside and onto a patio. He was holding a set of keys and a cellphone, police said.

Officers asked Cabrera what was going on. According to the report, he took a deep breath and responded, "I hit a bicyclist."

Cabrera told police that dense fog prevented him from seeing the bicycle in time to avoid the collision. He stopped after hitting the people, Cabrera reported to police, but panicked and fled the scene.

Cabrera was held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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