Search for U.S.A. campus hit-and-run suspect over, case takes unexpected turn
MOBILE, Ala (WPMI) —
The case of a University of South Alabama student who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run on campus is now closed and the driver won’t face any charges.
Campus police Chief Zeke Aull tells NBC 15 (WPMI) the person who hit the student was also a student who died that same day in a car accident.
On Oct. 22 a hit-and-run on the University of South Alabama campus left freshman, Cheyenne Sharp in the hospital with broken bones and serious injuries.
Campus police Chief Zeke Aull says through cameras, they were able to identify the make and model of the vehicle that hit Sharp.
"We're able to get a vehicle fleeing the area quickly and we used that to identify a car and tips that came through our Silent Witness tip line," he said.
But that's where the case takes a bizarre turn. Aull says minutes later a car matching the same description was involved in a single car accident near Saraland.
"The vehicle went off the roadway, down an embankment and struck a tree," he said.
The driver died. Aull says 22-year-old Shandi Jones was behind the wheel. She was also a student at South.
Aull says everything points to Jones being their hit-and-run suspect.
"We also timed how long does it take to get from the U.S.A. campus to the Saraland area where this accident occurred, when you put all that together we're pretty confident we reached the right conclusion," he said.
It's a case that has left students shocked. "Wow that's actually really sad, wow," freshman Fascia Barclay said. "That's very unfortunate prayers for both of the families because that's something devastating to deal with."
For Aull, it's an ending no one intended to hear. "It's not a win for anyone at all we're mourning the loss of one of our community members and also the injuries to a person who's still a part of our community," he said. "It's not a win and it hurts for all involved."
The chief says he's not sure if anything was wrong with Jones. He says they're waiting for toxicology results.
Sharp's family attorney, J. David Greene tells NBC 15 (WPMI) he will continue his investigation and move forward with the civil case