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Deputies arrest man in hit and run that killed bicyclist

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By Live 5 Web Staff | September 7, 2020 at 10:54 AM EDT - Updated September 7 at 10:54 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies arrested a 37-year-old man Sunday in the fatal hit-and-run that killed a bicyclist after receiving an anonymous tip in the case.

Chester Anderson, Jr. is charged with leaving the scene of a collision with a death, according to court documents.

The charges are related to an Aug. 30 hit and run in the 7600 block of Savannah Highway in Adams Run. Deputies say Anderson fatally struck cyclist Kristopher Cotton, 36, of New York.

Court documents state Cotton was thrown into a ditch where he was pronounced dead.

An anonymous tip led deputies to the vehicle, which had damage consistent with the collision and evidence collected at the scene of the crash, court documents stated.

An affidavit states Anderson admitted to driving and striking “an object” in the roadway around the time of the collision.

Cotton was riding his bicycle from New York to Florida at the time of the crash. He was also hauling a trailer attached to the back of his bike that contained his dog, Ava. The Charleston Animal Society said the dog is recovering from injuries she suffered in the crash. Those injuries included severe cuts, a broken jaw and brain swelling, a veterinarian said.

Last week, CAS officials said Cotton’s mother was making arrangements to have Ava brought back to New York along with her son’s ashes.

A judge denied bond for Anderson, according to jail records. He was being held at the Al Canon Detention Center.

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