Victim identified in deadly hit-and-run near I-77
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the 33-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run incident near Farrow Road and Interstate 77.
Watts identified the man as Osric T. Bittle and said Bittle died at the scene from trauma associated with being struck by a vehicle.
The victim's identity comes a day after the South Carolina Highway Patrol located the driver wanted in connection with the incident.
A driver called the Highway Patrol after seeing flyers the agency distributed to try to find the vehicle and driver responsible. Troopers say the driver told them Tuesday morning that he may have been the one involved in the accident, and that on Monday morning, he contacted the Richland County Sheriff's Department to notify them that he may have hit something.
Investigators have not released the driver's name.
Sgt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department says Bittle was found dead near the Residence Inn on Legrande Road Monday morning. Sheriff's deputies were first called to the scene, then the investigation was turned over to the Highway Patrol.
Investigators say the hit-and-run occurred some time between Feb. 2 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 3. The hit-and-run occurred on northbound Farrow Road, just north of the I-77 bridge.
In a flyer released Monday afternoon troopers said they were looking for a blue a 2006-2007 model-year Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country.
"We determined that the person here was struck by a vehicle and we're investigating it as a possible hit-and-run at this point," said LCpl. David Jones.
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