• Police: 11-year-old Danish girl visiting Charleston hit, killed by impaired driver

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston police said an 11-year-old girl died after being hit by a car Monday night, according to our news partner WCIV.

    The child was visiting the United States with her family from Denmark and was in Charleston for a couple of days.

    The family reported they decided to take the girl off of life support Tuesday morning.

    A spokesman for the Charleston Police Department, Charles Francis, said police arrested and charged the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Jeffrey William Wakefield, with felony DUI and reckless homicide. 

    Wakefield

    Police believe Wakefield was impaired at the time of the collision and was fleeing after hitting a parked car prior to hitting the girl.

    Wakefield reportedly drove through an intersection, traveled onto the sidewalk, and hit the girl, police said.

    Officials also said Wakefield failed a sobriety test at the scene of the accident and took breath, blood, and urine samples to test as well.

    [RELATED: 13-year-old dies after being hit by car in north Charlotte] 

    Wakefield was previously arrested in 2016 in Columbia, SC on a prostitution charge, SLED records show. He was not convicted of this charge.

    The victim's name has not been released.

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