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Helen Ann Williams. File/North Charleston Police Department/Provided

A Moncks Corner woman who authorities said struck and killed a man with a U-Haul truck two years ago was arrested Tuesday following a standoff with police after she failed to appear at a court hearing.

North Charleston police originally charged Helen Ann Williams, 50, with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in February 2017.

On the day of the crash, Feb. 13, 2017, Williams "knowingly" ran over Billy Vaughan, 45, of North Charleston after he jumped from the U-Haul truck she was driving while in the parking lot at Northwoods Mall.

A bench warrant for Williams' arrest was issued Tuesday morning after she did not appear for what was scheduled to be a plea hearing, said Heather Speizman, spokeswoman for the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Charleston Sheriff's Office deputies, responded about 4:30 p.m. to a North Charleston residence on Piedmont Avenue for a report of a barricaded subject, spokesman Capt. Roger Antonio said, adding that Williams was the individual inside.

"She had threatened individuals and did not cooperate with officers by refusing to exit the residence," Antonio said in a statement.

Williams eventually exited the residence after speaking with a negotiator, he said.

Charleston County jail records show she was booked around 9 p.m. at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

During the incident in 2017, Williams left the scene without notifying authorities, North Charleston police said. Williams and Vaughan knew each other for at least 10 years leading up to the man's death. Following the crash, officers found the U-Haul truck in question at her mother's home, where she lived, according to an arrest affidavit.

Williams told investigators she was the individual driving the truck and that she had run him over and left.

County and state records show Williams has had run-ins with the law before and was previously charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and public intoxication. She pleaded guilty in August 2015 to second-degree assault and battery.

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Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-937-5591. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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