CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities have arrested the person who they say is responsible for the deaths of two Summerville teens.
Bernis Webb Jr., 48, of Charleston was arrested at 3:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. He’s charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He’s currently being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.
On Saturday, June 25, just before 10 p.m., Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to investigate an accident in the 5400 block of SC Hwy162. According to witnesses, two people, later identified as Deandre Richardson, 16, and Leonardo Suarez-Perez, 15, both of Summerville, were riding their skateboards when they both were stuck by the driver of a Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler was seen driving reckless just before it struck the two teenagers, making an attempt to pass another vehicle, according to authorities.
After striking the two, the driver, while in the Jeep Wrangler, fled the scene. Both pedestrians sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.
We’re told deputies were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle abandoned in the 7900 block of SC Hwy 164. Shortly after locating the vehicle, Webb reported it stolen. Investigators later determine the vehicle was not stolen and a false police report was filed with the Charleston Police Department.
Webb’s bond hearing is scheduled for July 1 at 2 p.m.