Murder suspect moved to detention center

© Witnesses say suspect drove towards the ocean, then turned her car around, left the vehicle and walked north on foot (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
© Witnesses say suspect drove towards the ocean, then turned her car around, left the vehicle and walked north on foot (Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
(Source: WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith)
Barbara Chavis Wright (Source: MBPD)
Barbara Chavis Wright (Source: MBPD)
Barbara Chavis Wright (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Barbara Chavis Wright (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The woman accused of hitting a moped and killing its female passenger has been moved from the Myrtle Beach Jail to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Friday.

According to an incident report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the suspect, 69 year-old Barbara Chavis Wright struck a moped carrying two passengers, a male and a female, in front of the Myrtle Beach Train Depot around 9th Avenue North and Oak Street Wednesday.

The male victim told police he was driving his moped south on Oak St. when Wright, his former girlfriend, purposely hit the vehicle from behind, injuring him and the female passenger, according to the report.

Police say Wright then fled the scene after dragging the victims several feet, and proceeded to drive her car onto the beach around 9th Avenue South.

A witness followed Wright from the scene, where they say she drove toward the ocean, then turned her car around, left the vehicle and walked north on foot where she was arrested around 7th Avenue South by Myrtle Beach Police.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler, the female victim, 40 year-old Keesha Godley of Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead Thursday morning at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Wright was then charged with murder in the death of Godley.

The male victim's condition is not known at this time, but is not believed to be critical.

Friday, Wright was transported from the Myrtle Beach Jail to J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where she remains incarcerated on the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Hit and run involving death or personal injury
  • Hit and run involving property damage

Bond hs been set at $100,000.

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