Suspect surrenders to deputies in fatal hit-and-run

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- An 18-year-old turned himself in to Charleston County deputies Tuesday morning two days after allegedly being involved in a fatal hit-and-run in West Ashley.

According to sheriff's deputies, 18-year-old Daniel Shirley, of Hollywood, S.C., surrendered for his part in the hit-and-run accident that led to the death of 22-year-old Forrest Carlton.

An incident report shows Shirley's car left the roadway, hit Carlton, and then swerved back on the road and continued on its way.

An affidavit alleges that Shirley hit Carlton early Sunday morning and failed to stop and call for help. Carlton later died at Medical University Hospital.

On Monday, Charleston County deputies said the car believed to have been involved in the accident had been found with severe front end damage at Middleton Cove Apartments on Ashley River Road with a tan automobile cover of it.{}

The vehicle was described as a black Dodge Charger.

Shirley was arrested last week as well. According to a State Law Enforcement Division rap sheet, he was stopped Friday and arrested on possession of marijuana, possession of beer or wine, open container, and littering.

According to the police report from Friday, officers were called to a Meeting Street business late Thursday night in reference to two people milling around the area. The report states Shirley threw a glass bottle to the ground as the he and the other person were leaving the area.

The pair told responding officers that they were in downtown Charleston to "meet some college girls."

Shirley told officers he had marijuana in his jeans. The other man also had 23 grams of marijuana and a scale as well as two open bottles of beer, police said.

Both were arrested.

Two days later, deputies say he was involved in the hit-and-run that killed Carlton.

In bond court, Shirley's bail was set at $50,000 and he was placed on house arrest. A victim's advocate told the judge that Shirley left Carlton to die.

According to the funeral announcement, Carlton was autistic.

Officials at South Carolina MENTOR confirmed Tuesday that Carlton was a resident of a group home in West Ashley.

"All of us at MENTOR are terribly saddened by the death of a young man in our care, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. For 30 years, we have provided high-quality, life-enhancing services to adults and children with disabilities and special needs. We care deeply about those we serve and strive every day to ensure their safety and well-being," said Stan Butkis, the state director of the South Carolina MENTOR program.{} "We pledge our on-going cooperation to law enforcement as they investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

Funeral services will be held Thursday at J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel on Glenn McConnell Parkway at 2:30 p.m. He will be interred at Live Oak Memorial Gardens, according to the funeral home.