$25K bond set for woman charged in Chester boy’s hit-and-run death

staff reports


Chester Police have made an arrest in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed an 11-year-old boy who was waiting at a bus stop.

Michelle Johnson, 57, was booked into the Chester County Detention Center at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. She is charged with hit-and-run in an accident involving death, according to Chester authorities.

She’s accused of striking La’Darious Tyres Wylie, 11, while he was waiting for a school bus Tuesday morning. La’Darious was taken to a Chester hospital and then to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where he died Wednesday.

His family will donate his organs to help others.

Authorities said the driver, later identified as Johhson, fled after the crash. Police later located the suspect vehicle and spoke to a “person of interest.”

After speaking with several witnesses, arrest warrants were then drawn up and Johnson was taken into police custody on Thursday.

Chester Sheriff’s Department and S.C. Highway Patrol assisted Chester Police with the investitgation.

La’ Darious was a fifth grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology. Principal Tammy Graham said he’ll be remembered for his “infectious smile.”

“Everyone that knew him loved him,” she said.

Chester principal Tammy Graham talks about her special connection with La’Darious Wylie, 11, who died after being struck while waiting for a school bus Tuesday.

Two accounts have been set up to help the family of La’Darious with funeral expenses. Donations may be made at any First Citizens Bank or through a GoFundMe account. Donations also may be made to Kings Funeral Home, 135 Cemetery St. in Chester.

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