West Ashley Woman Arrested as Suspect in Hit-and-Run that Injured Bicyclist
Charleston County police have arrested a woman who they believe was involved in a hit-and-run earlier this week, which left a bicyclist in critical condition.
Katherine Anne Mosson, 26, was arrested on Friday, November 22nd, and charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury/death, and an improper lane change.
According to police reports, the incident occurred around 12:45 AM on Sunday, November 17th, near St. Andrew’s Boulevard. The bicyclist, 29-year-old Terrell Wright, was traveling north in the bicycle lane when he was hit by a car. Police say that the vehicle fled the scene after the accident, constituting a hit-and-run, but a piece of the car was left behind. Officers later identified the piece of the car as a charcoal gray Honda Accord between model years 2003 and 2007.
Police say that Mosson drives a gray 2005 Honda Accord, registered in her name. Police identified the missing pieces as part of the fender on the front passenger side.
Wright’s family says Terrell has serious swelling of the brain and on Monday, November 18th, he was put on a respirator.
Mosson is currently held at the Charleston County Jail pending a bond hearing.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in South Carolina
Hit-and-run accidents are an all too common problem. Many times hit-and-runs result in not only damages to the vehicle, but also injuries to victims. Injured victims can be left with expensive medical bills and no compensation.
South Carolina law requires drivers to stop after an accident, even if the accident is with a parked car. Pedestrian accidents are no exception. If a driver fails to stop, they may be subject to criminal prosecution. Failure to stop is a felony when the victim suffers serious bodily injury or death. Following a hit-and-run, victims may be left with injuries and no insurance information from the at fault driver. For this reason, South Carolina drivers are required to carry uninsured/underinsured motorists’ coverage.
It is especially important for drivers to stop at the scene of an accident when a pedestrian or bicyclist has been hit, because these people are less protected than other drivers or passengers in a car.
Unfortunately, injuries from bike accidents are very common. Negligent drivers send several hundred thousand cyclists to the hospital every year. Some riders protect themselves by wearing a helmet and obeying traffic laws, but sometimes that is not enough to prevent serious injury from a bike accident.
Bike accidents most often lead to:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injury
- Road rash
- And sometimes death
When cars collide with pedestrians, serious injury often occurs. Pedestrian accidents are common in areas where there is both high pedestrian traffic and high motor vehicle traffic.
A pedestrian accident can result in people being killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips, and traffic islands. The most serious pedestrian accident injuries result from pedestrians making contact with vehicle bumpers, hoods, or the windshield of a passing car or truck.
The Strom Law Firm Helps Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents
Many times insurance companies will dispute hit-and-run claims leaving victims with mounting medical bills and no way to pay them. Other times, insurance companies will pay hit-and-run accident victims far less than they deserve. If you were injured resulting from a hit-and-run, the South Carolina Accident lawyers at the Strom Law Firm can help you. While you focus on getting better, we will focus on getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today or fill out a free web form to see how we can help you. 803.252.4800