Woman left paralyzed after carjacking, assault has died

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The victim of a North Charleston assault and carjacking has died months after the initial incident.

According to Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin with the Charleston County Coroner’s Office, Diane Cothran died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained during an assault that happened on February 18th.

North Charleston Police arrested 41-year-old Samuel Graham shortly after the attack and charged him with attempted murder and carjacking.

In an incident report, officers say they came across an unconscious victim lying partially in the roadway near St. Johns Avenue and O’Hear Avenue.

When officers attempted to wake the female victim, she appeared to be bleeding from her right ear and said she was having trouble breathing and had chest pains.

The victim told officers she was helping a woman and her brother from her church when she was tased and then pushed out of a vehicle. Affidavits state the woman was hit in the head and neck several times with an unknown object during the carjacking.

Officers later found Graham inside the victim’s vehicle at the corner of Florida Avenue and Ubank Street.

Cothran was reportedly paralyzed because of trauma to her brain severe hematoma to her spinal cord near her neck.

The North Charleston Police Department is investigating the case.

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