Arrest made in deadly hit-and-run

Michael Anthony Cornelius (Source: Aiken County Detention Center)
Michael Anthony Cornelius (Source: Aiken County Detention Center)

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a driver has been arrested in a deadly hit-and-run in Aiken.

23-year-old Michael Anthony Cornelius of New Ellenton is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.  He his held at the Aiken County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton says 27-year-old Shawnt'a Smalls of Aiken was hit while walking on Whiskey Road near Duke's Bar-B-Q.  Carlton says Smalls was hit some time between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday as she walked home from a friend's house.

Troopers say the driver took off. 

Cornelius was arrested Saturday night.

The crash remains under investigation. If you have any information that can help investigators call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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