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New details in hit and run accident released

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By Jack Kuenzie - bio | email

BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - There are new details in a hit and run accident that narrows down the type of truck involved in the wreck.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says now that a white 1989 to 1998 Freightliner, similar to the one pictured, caused an accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Bishopville.

The truck would have damage to the front or right side and could be missing its right headlight frame.

The accident happened just before 1 a.m. on February 14th after the previous Friday's record snowfall.

It's not clear if weather was a factor, but the Highway Patrol says it was around that time that a fully loaded tractor trailer truck smashed into the rear of a car driven by a Georgia man.

"What we do know is that the vehicle was traveling eastbound, both vehicles were traveling eastbound. The guy was driving a 2009 Chevy four-door," said LCpl. Josef Robinson. "And unknown vehicle we believe to be a 1989 to a 1998 Freightliner tractor-trailer, white in color was traveling behind and struck him in the rear, pushing the Chevy into the guardrail."

The truck kept going, leaving the injured Chevy driver to fend for himself. The man continues to recover.

The patrol's accident investigators were able to determine the make after finding the truck's right front headlight frame at the collision scene.

Even tiny pieces of debris can sometimes be enough to identify hit and run vehicles.

"They've been able to do that from getting small evidence, glass fragments from the headlights and lens. Even down to the paint. They've been able to do it from getting evidence from the paint," said Robinson.

If you have any information, call 800-768-1501.

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