South Carolina

Columbia man identified as pedestrian killed in hit & run on interstate, coroner says

A search is underway for a driver involved in a hit & run collision that killed a Columbia man walking on a major interstate running through the Midlands, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Highway Patrol is asking for the community’s help in finding the driver of silver Kia Forte four-door sedan that was built between 2013 and 2018.

That vehicle was involved in a Monday morning crash that killed a pedestrian, according to Highway Patrol.

The pedestrian was identified as Romel Nesbit Tucker, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release.

This photo of a Kia Forte shows a vehicle similar to one believed to be involved in a deadly hit & run in Columbia, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. South Carolina Highway Patrol

The collision occurred at about 7 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 77, near the 12 mile marker, Master Trooper David Jones tweeted. That is the Forest Drive exit.

After the crash, the driver of the Kia left the scene, Highway Patrol said.

The 42-year-old Columbia man died at the scene after suffering “multiple blunt force injuries to the body due to being struck by a motor vehicle,” Watts said.

It’s possible the Kia might have damage to the right front and undercarriage which was sustained in the wreck, according to Highway Patrol.

Lanes were blocked on I-77 following the crash, and traffic was backed up and slow moving during the morning commute.

Anyone with information is asked to call Highway Patrol at 803-737-8340 or 800-768-1501, or report it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

This was not the only pedestrian killed in a hit & run on a South Carolina road Monday.

Another person was died after a collision that occurred at about 7 p.m. while walking on U.S. 301 in Dillon County, according to Highway Patrol.

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