A Tuscaloosa County Man has been formally charged with manslaughter after a fatal hit-and-run on in downtown Tuscaloosa in 2021.

The case was presented to a grand jury, who returned indictments related to the death of a pedestrian, Jake Peter Seames, 39.

Seames was struck on April 8, 2021. He later died from his injuries on May 2.

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Several witnesses described that the incident occurred when Seames was walking toward University Boulevard on 23rd Avenue at approximately 10:22 p.m. Seames was struck by a 2007 Nissan Quest at the Fourth Street intersection. The driver of the car, later identified as Charles Bruce Bell, 62, continued east along Fourth Street without stopping.

Investigators with the Tuscaloosa Police Department's Accident Reconstruction Unit arrived at Bell's residence in Duncanville later that evening at 2 a.m., where they located the heavily damaged van outside.

Bell was taken into custody and was examined at DCH. He was questioned at the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Office, and was later jailed on a misdemeanor harassment charge after shoving a VCU investigator during his interview.

Bell was taken into custody in Mississippi Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. He was transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail Friday afternoon, and he remains there on a $20,000 bond.

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