Tragic, Fatal Hit-and-Run Kills One on US 21 in Fort Mill, South Carolina (SC)
FORT MILL, SC- Wbtv.com writes that a hit-and-run killed one person in York County, South Carolina, this week. The early morning crash took place on US 21 and its intersection with Regent Parkway near the town of Fort Mill, South Carolina.*
The victim, a pedestrian, died at the scene of the crash. State troopers are now searching for the involved vehicle, which they suspect is a black 3 - Series BMW. The involved vehicle likely suffered damage to its driver's side, including to the driver side mirror, which is missing from the vehicle. Witnesses last spotted the vehicle traveling northbound on US 21. Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the driver involved contacting the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Hit-and-run crashes occur with disturbing frequency throughout the United States. According to the AAA, it is challenging to develop an accurate profile of hit-and-run drivers because so many of these motorists manage to flee the scene without ever being apprehended. Based on information available, the AAA stated that drivers involved in hit-and-run crashes are more inclined to have been under the influence of alcohol or other substances when they were involved in the collision. Drunk drivers have an obvious motivation to flee the scene, given the fact that causing a fatal crash while driving drunk results in severe criminal charges. Fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run also carries serious sentencing terms.
Cities and states where hit-and-run crashes have been increasing in recent years attempt to cut down on the number of these incidents by increasing legal penalties. Such efforts are less effective than many would hope. Other attempts to cut down on hit-and-run crashes focus on the need to apprehend more of these drivers with alert systems that notify the public when a fatal hit-and-run crash takes place to allow investigators to solicit help from citizens.
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