Highway Patrol makes arrest in fatal hit-and-run in Cross
CROSS, S.C. (WCIV) - Troopers from the state Highway Patrol arrested a 32-year-old Cross man Thursday in connection to a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman.
According to the Highway Patrol, Terry Walter Erdman II was taken into custody Thursday evening. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
It is unclear when Erdman's bond hearing will be held.
The Berkeley County coroner has released information on a woman's body found Tuesday night on Trojan Road.
According to Coroner Bill Salisbury, 59-year-old Peggy Ann Cain was found lying on the side of the road. He said she was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Salisbury said that while an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, the case is being investigated as a hit and run.
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are conducting the investigation.
Highway Patrol officials said a Chevy minivan was stopped with missing parts that matched evidence at the scene. Erdman's girlfriend was driving the van at the time, Troopers said.
Meanwhile, people who knew Cain said she just moved to Cross a month and a half ago.
"She pretty much kept to herself. She was always nice, sweet and never had a harsh word," said Debbie Huntley, who knew the victim.
Huntley said Cain lived at a campground located steps away from where officials said the victim died. Huntley works at the campground's Monkey Business Bar and Grill.
"She came in that night, drank water, was doing laundry. Next thing we know she went walking down the road. We're not sure why she was walking that way," Huntley said.
Huntley said she saw a silver pick-up truck pull over in front of the bar Tuesday night.
"I observed a vehicle pull up here; a gray silver Silverado, Chevy. He got out, went to the front of his truck, looked at the front and under his truck and left. About 15 minutes later, medical went by. That's when we realized somebody hit her and left her," Huntley said.
They asked people to avoid walking on the side of Trojan Road, which does not have sidewalks.
"There have been several accidents that have happened in this area," Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly said.
"It breaks my heart, to be honest, because she was very nice. It's sad someone would run over someone like that and then keep on going. Do the right thing. Turn yourself in. It's going to haunt you for the rest of your life to know you drove away, leaving somebody bleeding and dying. Somebody that was a good person," Huntley said.
If anyone knows anything about this crime, the Highway Patrol asked them to call 1-888-CRIME-SC.?