Suspect in hit-and-run death of Benedict College basketball player now charged

Yalonda Lewis, 31

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The person accused of a hit-and-run that killed a Benedict College basketball player is now in police custody.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Yalonda Lewis, 31, turned herself on Tuesday, December 6. She’s charged with hit and run involving death and hit and run involving injuries. Bond was set at $75,000 at a bond hearing on Tuesday.

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Rashee Jamal Hodges, 22, of Smoaks

Rashee Jamal Hodges, 22, of Smoaks died early Sunday morning. He was standing on the side of a road near Hopkins when he was hit. Hodges was pronounced dead at the scene. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the 22-year-old died from traumatic injuries. Another member team, Farouk Brimah, was hurt in the incident but was released from the hospital Sunday.

Another member team, Farouk Brimah, was hurt in the incident but was released from the hospital Sunday.

Monday, December 5, the school held a special tribute to Hodges on campus which included a moment of silence and a candlelight vigil.

Benedict College sports officials say Hodges wore number 24 and scored three points in 26 minutes of play on Saturday against Kentucky State.

The junior at the school graduated from Colleton County High School previously attended USC Salkehatchie.

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