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Back on March 1, a man was heading north on foot on Blaney Road outside of Elgin. He was subsequently struck and killed by a vehicle that fled the scene of the car accident. It was only recently that the South Carolina Highway Patrol was able to apprehend the person suspected of hitting the man.

Officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol were able to determine that the vehicle responsible for killing the pedestrian was heading in the same direction. Further, it was surmised that the vehicle would have sustained damage to the wheel well, front and undercarriage. Troopers say a tip from Crime Stoppers led them to the party they now believe was responsible for the accident.

As it turns out, the 21-year-old that was arrested may have been driving without a valid driver’s license. She has been charged with that and with not remaining at the scene when the accident occurred. It may never be known whether the woman was impaired when she struck the pedestrian. Hopefully, the family of the victim can seem some solace now that the person believed responsible for the death of their loved one has been found.

Of course, the fact that the driver has been found isn’t going to change what happened that day back in March. No explanation from the driver is going to change the fact that the driver left their family member to die after the car accident. They may be able to gain some sense of peace and closure by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver in conjunction with the criminal charges she currently faces. If a criminal conviction is achieved, proof of that may be offered as evidence of liability in the civil litigation.

Source:, “Crime Stopper tip leads to arrest in fatal Kershaw Co. hit-and-run,” John Monk, May 14, 2013


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