Case against DNR officer accused of hit and run dismissed

Jeffery Thomas (provided)

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- The case against DNR officer Jeffery Lewis Thomas has been dismissed before it even made it to trial. Thomas was accused of leaving the scene of an accident in which he struck and killed a bicyclist on Riverland Drive near Charleston County Park.

A CCSO police report states the DNR officer hit a bicyclist, 40-year-old Matthew Denton, while driving on Riverland Drive.{}

The police report states that three witnesses watched Thomas get out of his Ford Explorer SUV and attempt what appeared to be CPR on Denton. The report also reads that Thomas got in his car and drove off before returning to the scene 40 minutes later.

Sheriff's deputies{}say Thomas was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

In a preliminary hearing, Judge James Benjamin Gosnell Jr. dismissed the charges of leaving the scene of an accident, saying there was no probable cause.