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Hit-and-run victim's son after suspect arrested: 'I finally feel as though she’s at peace'

 Hit-and-run victim's son after suspect arrested: 'I finally feel as though she’s at peace'

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A hit-and-run suspect wanted for the death of a woman at King Street and Simons last fall has been arrested in Georgia.

According to Charleston Police, 35-year-old Carlos Reynard Simmons of North Charleston is charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death.

Simmons will be extradited back to Charleston. Simmons was arrested by DeKalb County Police in DeKalb County, Ga.

According to DeKalb Police, officers were called around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to follow up on a tip that Simmons was in the area.

When officers arrived, they found Simmons and took him into custody without incident.

According to Charleston Police, Sharline James was crossing King Street when she got hit. The driver of the dark blue 2014 Dodge Challenger sped off, police said.

Her son Darrell James reacted positively to news of the arrest, after wondering at times whether police would ever be able to make that happen.

“I'm relieved from all the pain and unanswered questions,” he said.

"It's a great feeling to know somebody is going to be held responsible for what has been done to her,” family friend Sade Williams said.

Sharline James, 44, sustained brain damage and died of her injuries earlier this month, family and police said. She left behind five children.

"It was a lot of up and downs going in and out the hospital. For us it's a relief because she's no longer struggling,” Darrell James said of his mother.

Charleston Police officials said they located the Challenger on Sept. 24, and DNA tests confirmed it was the car that hit James. Police also confirmed that Simmons was the registered owner of the car and was driving it at the time of the accident.

Darrell James wanted people to remember his mother as the life of the party and as someone who would help anyone.

"Everybody knew her as the funny lady. Everybody knew she was so funny. My mama was so helpful. Everyone I bump into, they always have the same story: 'man, your mama helped me out so much when she gave me this advice,'" Darrell James said.

According to Charleston County jail records, Simmons has several previous arrests for assault, burglary, drug charges, and possession of stolen goods.

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