Suspect in fatal Wilmington Island crash arrested

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Kevin Wallace was arrested late Friday night after turning himself in to police in reference to the wreck that took the life of Mrs Melaine Riley. He has been charged with homicide by vehicle, first degree felony, and leaving an accident – failure to give aid, also a felony. The SCMPD's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) continues to investigate the crash.

The fatal crash occurred in the early morning of August 7, when police found a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria that had collided with two palm trees near the Wilmington Island Club. The body of 40-year-old Riley of Clarksville, TN, was found in the rear passenger seat.

Travis Israel, 40, of Wilmington Island, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was released.

Investigators believe the accident occurred when Wallace was driving around a curve at a high rate of speed and struck two trees. He and his third passenger, Charles Riley, 42, of Savannah, each left the scene before police arrived.


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