Former DNR official indicted on hit-and-run that killed cyclist

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A former wildlife officer was indicted earlier this month on a hit-and-run charge that killed a James Island bicyclist.{}

According to a release from the solicitor's office, 46-year-old Jeffery Lewis Thomas will face a count of leaving the scene of an accident. Thomas was arrested in August, but the charges were dropped in a preliminary hearing.

A Charleston County Sheriff's Office incident report stated the DNR officer hit a bicyclist, 40-year-old Matthew Denton, while driving on Riverland Drive.{}

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