Bail was denied Wednesday for the woman accused of the fatal hit-and-run at Northwoods Mall. 

Helen Ann Williams, a 47-year-old resident of Fairlawn Drive in Moncks Corner, was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, North Charleston police said. 

The victim, 45-year-old North Charleston resident Billy Vaughan, died at Roper Hospital Diagnostics and Emergency Room—Northwoods shortly after the crash Monday afternoon. 

According to an affidavit, Vaughan jumped from the U-Haul truck being driven by Williams. Police allege she "knowingly" ran over him and left the scene without notifying authorities. 

Moncks Corner police found the U-Haul truck at the home where Williams said she lives with her mother. The affidavit states Williams "freely made statements" about driving the truck and "having knowledge the victim was run over by said vehicle and leaving the scene."

A judge denied bail at a bond hearing on Wednesday morning. Williams' mother and daughter attended. 

Williams and Vaughan had known each other for more than 10 years, police said. 

An officer in court told the judge that Williams has a lengthy criminal record. A search of Charleston County court and Cannon Detention Center records showed a number of prior arrests for crimes ranging from criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature to public intoxication.

Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery, and to her second offense of criminal domestic violence within 10 years on Aug. 12, 2015, according to court records. 

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.

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