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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run on Lucas Street turns herself in

Dakaja Taylor. Source: Florence County Detention Center Dakaja Taylor. Source: Florence County Detention Center
Image of the vehicle Police say was involved. Source: Florence Police Image of the vehicle Police say was involved. Source: Florence Police

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A 21-year-old woman from Society Hill has turned herself in to police after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on West Lucas Street at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to officials.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Florence resident Terry Brown by Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

On Friday, Dakaja Antiqua Taylor turned herself in to the Florence Police Department and was charged with hit and run accident involving death and violation of beginner's permit, according to Florence Police. Taylor stated that she left the scene because she thought she hit an animal.

According to Florence Police Lieutenant Mike Brandt, a pedestrian in the roadway was hit by white vehicle heading west at the 200 block of West Lucas Street, and did not stop. Police released an image of the vehicle, and asked anyone with information to call the Florence Police Department.

"He got away by the skin of his teeth because they had seven cars in like a minute," said Tim Waters, who owns Magic City Sports, a convenience store and pool hall on West Lucas Street that was open at the time of the accident. "He just got away and I hate that. I wish I would've turned him in because by the grace of God that could've been me."

Waters said the intersection of West Lucas Street and North Irby Street is notorious for accidents.

"This intersection is a deadly intersection because the cars coming across the bridge don't stop," Waters said. "They don't slow down and they try to make that light."

He said the street isn't well lit and there are often people walking around the gas station because it's the only one open in the area 24 hours. An employee in the Speedy Mart gas station on West Lucas Street said the man had bought a sandwich from the store right before the accident. She said he was a frequent customer, usually traveling on foot.

Waters said he'd like to see some improvements to make the intersection safer for both pedestrians and drivers.

That man who was struck, identified as Brown, was taken to an area hospital. Coroner Keith von Lutcken confirmed that he died.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 74-year-old woman was struck and killed in a separate hit-and-run incident on Converse Drive. Police say the two incidents are not thought to be connected.

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