Two pedestrians hit by car on Ruth Street

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Highway Patrol seeks driver who fled scene Saturday night

By Chris Sardelli

Authorities are searching for the driver of a car who hit two pedestrians on a Lancaster road and fled the scene last weekend.

The hit and run happened Saturday, May 19, at about 11:30 p.m. when a car struck two pedestrians from behind and then drove away, according to a S.C. Highway Patrol press release. The collision happened on Ruth Street, just off Springdale Road and Great Falls Highway near Airport Road.

SCHP Trooper Billy Elder said a 32-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both of Lancaster, were walking along Ruth Street when they were struck.

“They were both hospitalized after they were hit,” Elder said.

Springs Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon said the 46-year-old man was treated and released the same day, though the other man was not listed in the hospital database as of Monday afternoon. 

The second man’s condition and the hospital where he was treated are unknown.

Elder said the driver is still at large and faces charges of leaving the scene.

“In a collision that involves an injury, the driver has a duty not only to provide their information but to render aid as well,” Elder said.

The SCHP is looking for a small black compact car with left-side body and mirror damage, possibly a 2002 Chevrolet Impala or similar-style vehicle with or without tinted windows, the release said.

The Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating the crash, though no other details were released as of Monday.

If you have any information about the hit and run or the vehicle involved, contact Highway Patrol at (803) 385-3107 or 1-800-768-1504.

Crimestoppers offering $1,000 reward

Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. 

You can contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-888-CRIME-SC, online at www.midlandcrimestoppers.com or by texting “TIPSC” and your message to CRIMES (274637).


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416