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Pedestrian dies two days after collision on Hwy. 17

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach man has died nearly two days after being struck by a car on Highway 17, and the driver is being charged for driving under the influence.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says this collision occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday April 28 on Highway 17 near Lake Arrowhead Road.

The 2004 Honda four door driven by 41-year-old Robert Sulem was traveling south when it struck and killed a pedestrian in the roadway.

The Horry County Coroner's Office says the pedestrian, 40-year-old Jeffrey S. Rosencrans of Myrtle Beach, was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.

Friends of Rosencrans tells WMBF News he was highly regarded in the community. Thomas Guild worked with Rosencrans, who friends called "Scotty" for 15 years. Rosencrans first started working at Rossi's Italian Restaurant when he was 17 years old. He started as a busser and worked his way up to manager.

"On Monday there was a lot of crying a lot of laughing - remembering the good times. Very sad around this place," Guild said.

Owner of Rossi's, Deane Morris, said Scotty was like family.

"Each and everywhere he went, someone knew Scott very well," Morris said, "the lifeline of our business behind the scenes."

Robert Sulem was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence. He was released on Monday with a $1,000 bond before the pedestrian died.

Officials have not said if more charges will be added. This case remains under investigation.

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