On June 11th, 2024, a tragic incident unfolded in Charleston County, South Carolina. A man, later identified as 35-year-old Anthony James, drove his car into the Edisto River after striking a pedestrian along Harborview Road. The collision claimed the life of the pedestrian, a 52-year-old male whose identity has not yet been released.

Initial Incident and Pursuit

According to witnesses, James' car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the pedestrian. The impact sent the pedestrian flying into the air, landing in the roadway with fatal injuries. James did not stop after the collision and continued driving his vehicle.

Law enforcement officers were immediately dispatched to the scene and initiated a pursuit of James' car. The pursuit extended into rural areas of Charleston County, with James driving erratically and at dangerous speeds. Due to the high risk to public safety, the pursuit was terminated.

Discovery of Abandoned Car and Subsequent Search

Later that evening, James' abandoned car was discovered submerged in the Edisto River near the Jefferies Creek area. Authorities believe James intentionally drove his vehicle into the river to evade capture.

A manhunt was immediately launched, involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The search expanded to include wooded areas, waterways, and abandoned buildings in the vicinity.

Investigation and Suspect's History

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision and subsequent manhunt. They are examining the car's data recorder and interviewing witnesses to piece together what transpired.

A preliminary investigation revealed that James had a history of traffic violations, including speeding and driving under the influence. He also had a criminal record, with convictions for assault and battery.

Public Safety Concerns and Community Impact

The incident has raised concerns about public safety and the dangers of reckless driving. Community members are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or sightings of James to law enforcement.

Updates and Ongoing Search

As of the latest update, James remains at large. Law enforcement officials are using all available resources to apprehend him and bring him to justice. The search continues with the assistance of K-9 units, divers, and aerial surveillance.

Victim's Family and Community Support

The family of the deceased pedestrian is mourning the tragic loss of their loved one. The community has rallied around them, offering support and condolences. A vigil is planned to honor the victim and call for an end to senseless violence on our roads.

Call for Caution and Cooperation

Law enforcement officials emphasize that the public should not approach James if they encounter him. He should be considered armed and dangerous. The community is requested to report any information that may lead to his apprehension.

Authorities also remind drivers to obey traffic laws, especially regarding speed limits and intoxicated driving. Reckless driving poses a grave threat to the safety of both pedestrians and motorists.

The investigation and manhunt continue, and updates will be provided as they become available.

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