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04/06/05

Hit-and-Run Suspect Turns Self In

Hit-and-run suspect Daniel Bell. Hit-and-run suspect Daniel Bell.

It is good news for a Low Country family tonight. The man accused of hitting their son and driving off turned himself in to South Carolina authorities today.

Dev Scott's family says the last two weeks have been a nightmare for them. And with Dev still in critical condition, this is just a glimmer of hope in a very dark time.

The Memorial Health lobby has become a second home for 15-year-old Dev's family. In the last two weeks, his stepmother, aunts and cousins have slept, showered and eaten here at the hospital, not wanting to leave Dev alone in the ICU.

"He had open wounds, neck brace, ventilator, serious head injuries with swelling, not a pleasant sight to see," said his stepmother Rebecca Levine.

A sight this family wouldn't have to see if police say 23-year-old Daniel Bell didn't hit Dev and his little brother Brandon last week while the boys were riding their bikes. Police say Bell fled the scene, leaving the brothers lying in a ditch.

Ten-year-old Brandon escaped with no injuries. Dev wasn't so lucky, especially when doctors tried removing his chest tube two days ago. "Within an hour of them removing the chest tube, his lung collapsed and he was in excruciating pain," Levine told us.

But today, a breakthrough. Not in his condition, but in the case when Bell turned himself in to the Hampton County Sheriff's Office.

"Sometimes when things like this happen, you wish that they could have the same thing happen to them so they know what we've gone through," said Levine.

But for now, the family's focus is on Dev. "We're hoping to get him in a wheelchair and bring him outside. He hasn't seen daylight in 13 days. That's what I'm looking forward to right now."

Bell will be arraigned tomorrow. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injuries, which is a felony.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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