Woman Charged in Connection with Fatal Hit & Run

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened near St. Albans in July.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say 32-year-old Jeanea Sherman of Cross Lanes was arrested at about 1 p.m. Monday. She's charged with failure to stop and render aid, a felony in West Virginia.

The incident happened July 15 on Route 817 (old Route 35) near Marlane Addition. Deputies say Sherman hit Mary McCallister with her 1994 Dodge 3500 "roll back" type tow truck.

McCallister's body was found a couple days after the accident by someone who was walking by the area.

Investigators say they received information that Sherman admitted to at least two other people that she was driving the vehicle when it struck someone in the area of Winfield Road.

According to the criminal complaint, Sherman owned two wreckers and had given one to a friend to "hide the vehicle so it would not be found." She initially told detectives that her friend was working on the truck.

The friend told detectives that Sherman said she hit a child with the truck on Route 35. He led them to the vehicle, where they observed damage consistent with what was found at the crime scene, the complaint states. That vehicle was registered to Sherman.

Investigators also used Sherman's cell phone calls to help solve the case. The complaint says deputies tracked calls made to her from her boyfriend in jail, and then pulled the recordings from those calls. Detectives says Sherman made several references to striking something or someone in her rollback truck within the same timeframe as McCallister's death.

Sherman was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court late Monday afternoon. Her bond was set at $150,000. If convicted, she faces up to three years in jail and/or $5,000 fine.

Sherman's preliminary hearing is set for September 2 at 1:30 p.m.

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