April Michelle South was arrested on Thursday, April 10, and charged with vehicular homicide by recklessness. The arrest followed the release of a sealed indictment which was filed on March 26, 2014. The Grand Jurors swore in the indictment that South “did unlawfully and recklessly kill James Richard Chitwood by the operation of an automobile.”
This verbage refers to the incident that occurred on May 17 of 2013. Westmoreland resident James Chitwood, age 34, was struck by a Honda Accord, and South was behind the wheel. He had been walking north on Rocky Mound Road, and South’s vehicle struck him from behind. He died two days later as a result of injuries sustained.
South was arrested at the scene for driving on a suspended license. Her license had been revoked for failure to pay a judgment fine.
The couple was living together in the Hanestown community, just a few miles from where the incident occurred.
South, now a resident of Celina, was arrested by Chief Deputy Bryan Satterfield. Her arraignment date is set for June 9, 2014.