Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken, SC - A 33-year-old man died in a hit-and-run collision in the early morning hours of Friday, August 3, 2018, according to WTOC.com. The deceased man tried to cross York Street NE when a dark SUV ran him down and fled the scene. Police continue to investigate why the driver fled the scene.*
Law enforcement officers who responded to the crash at 2:35 a.m. did not initially identify the victim of the hit-and-run. Later, police identified the man as Christopher Holmes. A witness who was walking with Holmes moments before the SUV hit Holmes said that he spoke with Holmes as Holmes was ready to cross the road. The witness stated that Holmes walked to about the middle of the roadwhen a dark-colored SUV ran him down and fled. The witness said that he started running toward Holmes as soon as Holmes was hit. The impact threw Holmes off to the side of the road.
Aiken police focused their investigation on identifying the vehicle involved and the driver who fled the area. Investigators said that they determined the suspect vehicle isa dark SUV from watching surveillance video from cameras in the area of the collision.The officers also notedthat the SUV involved should have substantial front-end damage from the impact with Holmes.
While the rate of pedestrian fatalities continues to rise in Georgia, this deadly crash was the first fatal accident of 2018 in Aiken, SC. WTOC reported earlier this week that pedestrian fatalities for 2018 are 15% higher statewide as of August 1 than this time last year. Police attribute the increased fatality rate to pedestrians not crossing at intersections or crosswalks, walking while looking at an electronic device, or walking late at night when drivers have a difficult time seeing.
Drivers flee accidents for various reasons. Some drivers simply panic and drive away, even if they are not at fault for hitting the pedestrian. Other drivers flee to conceal their criminal culpability because they were driving while texting or drunk.
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