Woman is arrested in fatal hit-and-run

AIKEN --- Authorities arrested a 33-year-old Warrenville woman Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving two hit-and-run wrecks, one of which was fatal.

Ginger Taylor Carpenter was charged in the accident that left James Cohrs, 56, dead early Thursday. She was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

Authorities say Ms. Carpenter's vehicle struck two motorcycles Thursday, killing one of the riders. She fled the scene, said Lance Cpl. Bob Beres, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Ms. Carpenter might face other charges, he said.

Authorities say they found the vehicle they believe was involved in the wrecks Thursday afternoon.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the dark green, newer-model Ford Expedition had been found with damage to the front end, but he wouldn't say where the vehicle was.

Lance Cpl. Beres said investigators originally believed a vehicle traveling on Storm Branch Road around 1 a.m. first struck a motorcycle being ridden by Michael Yont, 48, and then hit Mr. Cohrs' motorcycle.

Mr. Cohrs was pronounced dead of severe head trauma at the scene, according to Mr. Carlton.

Lance Cpl. Beres said investigators are still trying to piece together how the fatal collision happened, and "the details of that are going to change."

"We're reconstructing the accident and a timeline of who hit who," he said.

Mr. Yont was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and later released.

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