HP: Driver turns himself in after fatal hit-and-run - FOX Carolina 21

HP: Driver turns himself in after fatal hit-and-run

Posted: Updated: June 18, 2012 07:20 AM
Gary Jeter Sr. (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Gary Jeter Sr. (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man has turned himself in after troopers said he hit and killed another Spartanburg man with his vehicle early Saturday morning.

Gary Jeter Sr., 44, is behind bars in Spartanburg County. He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and driving with a suspended license.

According to troopers, the crash happened Saturday at 3:30 a.m. in Spartanburg County near the intersection of Warren H. Abernathy Highway and Blackstock Road, killing 31-year-old Shannon Cross.

The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said Cross died due to internal injuries associated with that crash, but called the incident "strange" Saturday. The victim was allegedly laying in the road at the time of the crash, according to authorities.

Both the suspect and the victim in this case have children who were without their father on Father's Day. Family and friends continued to mourn the loss of Cross on Sunday afternoon. He left behind a fiancee and several children, the youngest just 6 months old.

On Sunday, Cross' loved ones said they were filled with relief knowing the man who was involved in the hit-and-run incident turned himself in Saturday night, according the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

"We all are just very thankful that he made that decision, it was a great decision," said family member Debra McBeth. "It helped give the family a lot of closure."

Cross' fiancee, Ebony Parks, said at this time she doesn't have anything to say to Jeter.

Jeter's mother spoke with FOX Carolina on Sunday and said she convinced Jeter to turn himself in after he saw a report on the incident Saturday night. According to his mother, he knew he had hit something lying in the road in that area Saturday morning but said he didn't realize it was a person.

This is not the first time Jeter has been behind bars. According to his criminal history record, he has faced additional motor vehicle charges and was driving with a suspended license that morning.

Many questions remain about what Cross was doing in the road early Saturday morning.

His family said they have no answers and dealing with his loss will be a struggle.

"I hate that it happened like this, he was a great person, a good father, a loving fiancé," said Parks. "It's going to be hard for our family."

The results of Cross' toxicology test are not expected to be released for several months, according to the coroner's office.

There were four other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash Saturday. According to Highway Patrol, their names aren't being released.

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