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Rowesville man faces new charge in 5-year-old’s death in Orangeburg
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Rowesville man faces new charge in 5-year-old’s death in Orangeburg

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The driver accused of running over and killing 5-year-old Keyshawn Rasheen Gallishaw of Orangeburg on March 22 is facing a new charge: hit-and-run resulting in death.

An Orangeburg County grand jury indicted Charles Odell Coulter Jr., 28, of 123 Hewitt Road, Rowesville, on the new charge on June 12.

Prosecutors presented the indictment to Coulter on Tuesday when he appeared before a circuit court judge for bond consideration.

A judge denied Coulter the opportunity to be released on bond. He remains housed at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety previously charged Coulter with involuntary manslaughter, traffic related only, in Gallishaw’s death.

On March 22, officers responded to an area at Berry and Austin Streets at 7:16 p.m. where Gallishaw’s body was in the road.

Witnesses said they saw Gallishaw running toward Berry Street, chasing his sister, when Coulter’s silver Chrysler 300 allegedly struck and killed him.

Coulter allegedly left the scene and didn’t render aid or call for help.

In his initial bond hearing in March, Coulter said in court, “I’m sorry it happened. I did was about to stop to check on the little boy, but, you know, I had a family member in the car. He had warrants and he tell me to go. I was shocked about it. But I just want to say to the family of the little boy, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that it happened.”

At that same hearing, ODPS Director Mike Adams said, “The circumstances, as we understand them, show a deliberate coldness and callousness. It’s really hard for me to understand.”

If convicted of hit-and-run resulting in death, Coulter faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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