Arrest made after deadly hit and run in Charleston

Carlos Reynard Simmons, 35, had been arrested several times before the fatal accident.

An arrest has been made in a deadly hit and run four months ago in downtown Charleston.

Sharline Andrea James, 44, was hit by a car at King and Simons streets about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 19. She died of her injuries last week.

Officers found a headlight bezel at the scene of the accident, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said. A few days later, a blue 2014 Dodge Challenger with damage on the passenger side of the hood and a missing headlight bezel was brought to investigators. The part found at the accident scene matched the part missing from the car, Francis said.

Investigators sent fiber samples from the damaged area of the hood to the State Law Enforcement Division for analysis. The fibers matched the victim’s shirt and hair weave, according to SLED.

Investigators also determined that the owner of the vehicle was driving it at the time of the accident, Francis said.

Carlos Reynard Simmons, 35, of Nellview Drive in North Charleston was arrested Tuesday in DeKalb County, Ga. He will be extradited back to Charleston to face charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, Francis said.

Simmons’ mug was on file at the Charleston County jail from several previous arrests. He was charged with receiving stolen goods in December 2011, assault of a high and aggravated nature in April 2009 and first-degree burglary and manufacture with intent to distribute in June 2008, according to jail records.

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