GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – The man arrested in connection to a deadly hit-and-run involving a Greenville County teacher on June 6 was denied bond Wednesday morning.
South Carolina Highway Patrol said Mantavious McMorris was arrested Tuesday and charged with hit-and-run with death, reckless homicide, habitual offender causing death while unlicensed, and driving under suspension, third offense. McMorris has been booked into the Greenville County Detention Center.
7News previously reported the crash happened on Sunday, June 6 at about 1:14 p.m. on Sulphur Springs Road near Pinsley Circle.
33-year-old Carli Brewer Soukup, a teacher at Mitchell Road Elementary School, was entering a crosswalk near the Swamp Rabbit Trail when a vehicle traveling north hit her before leaving the scene, troopers said.
“She was senslessly ripped for our family,” said Soukup’s mother, Wanda Brewer Ickes. “Mr. McMorris’ disregard for human life has allowed him to walk free for the last nine days while our Carli lie dead in a drawer in a morgue.”
Soukup was newlywed and on the brink of summer vacation when, according to the solicitor on the case, she was hit and killed as McMorris ran a red light and drove away.
“Put simply, Mr. Morris has devastated the lives of Carli’s husband, her many friends, her school community, and all of Greenville,” Ickes said.
“I’m sorry for y’all guys’ loss, but at the time and this date…I was not driving this truck,” McMorris said in bond court Wednesday. “My truck got stolen…Sunday morning.”
A report from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shows the truck investigators believe killed Soukup was reported stolen about two hours hours after the hit-and-run. Another report from South Carolina Highway patrol shows the woman who reported it was the mother of the main suspect in the case. Another person, whose name is redacted in the original report, told the deputy that when he woke up “from partying” around 1:30 p.m. June 6, the truck was gone.
“I do not have a clue who was driving this truck when this accident happened,” McMorris said.
McMorris has an extensive criminal record, including multiple convictions for drugs, domestic violence, failure to stop for blue lights, and driving under suspension.
“I have nothing to do with this, like I said, I have nothing to say to them because…they bashing my name off my past record,” McMorris said. “You know, how you know people dont change? But I’m leaving at that. I got a lawyer.”
According to a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the truck investigators believe was involved in the hit-and-run has not been recovered.
According to the solicitor on the case, McMorris could be facing up to 55 years in prison, if convicted.
After her death, Soukup’s husband began raising money to improve safety on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and to support the mental health counseling at Greenville County Schools.
You can learn more about Carli Soukup’s legacy and how to donate here.