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HP: Low profile “tuner” car with black ground effects fled after fatal collision

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Authorities have a better description of the vehicle that hit and killed a pedestrian early Friday morning near Elgin.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the collision happened around 2 a.m. on Blaney Road near Two Notch Road.

Troopers said an unknown vehicle struck and killed 50-year-old Derk Lawrence Maricle, who was walking north on Blaney Road. The vehicle left the scene.

Maricle died at the scene.

The oldest of 11 siblings, Diane Kelly says her brother was hit from behind, breaking his back and neck. Derk had been at a nearby bar and was likely dressed in dark colors, walking everywhere he went.

"I think he was going to my brother's home. My brother lives up the road," said Kelly.

Her family is pleading with the driver responsible to end the family's pain.

"Please, you got to have a heart, I already forgive you," said Kelly. "My God says we have to forgive, but that don't mean you can get away with this."

Kelly and a friend walked Blaney Road, picking up pieces they believe came from the vehicle that hit Derk.  MAIT investigators suspect it was a low profile vehicle with black ground effects added to the bottom panels like these vehicles have. The vehicle likely has hood and front end damage and may be black or a dark green. They're hoping someone may know enough to end the questions that haunt them.

"It's a nightmare," said Kelly. "I can't even close my eyes, I haven't ate, I haven't slept, all I can see is my brother, laying in the road, and that ain't nothing for anybody to have to see day after day, night after night. I'm not the only one, of 11 and that's not to speak of the parents and the nieces and the nephews that all love Derk."

If you know anything about this collision, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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