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Victim's mother looks for answers as 100 Deadly Days of Summer ends

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It has been 13 days since 21-year-old Tyshawn Johnson was killed in a hit and run on Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach. His mother Yvette Goodyear returned to the place where her son was killed for the first time to place a white cross memorial honoring her son.

"I wanted to put his marker out where everyone could see what happened because hopefully it will jog the memory of people traveling along the highway," said Goodyear.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver responsible. Troopers are asking for any help in locating a white or silver Nissan Pathfinder with a damaged front end.

Goodyear said she has a message for the driver, turn yourself in.

"Just come forward because I believe in justice, but vengeance is not mine," added Goodyear. "It's the Lord's so I'll let him fight this battle because I just want them to turn themselves in so I can lay down at night."

Johnson is the 33rd person killed on Horry County roads so far this year, the county ranks 3rd in the state in terms of most traffic fatalities.

Statewide there have been 456 people killed on roads this year. In each of the past three years at least 500 people had been killed in traffic accidents heading into the final summer holiday.

Lcpl. Sonny Collins with Highway Patrol said one reason fewer people have been killed is that more than 90 percent of drivers across the state are wearing seatbelts.

"There's a lot of billboards that advocate wearing a seatbelt they know there's enforcement if we see that you don't have your seatbelt on you're going to be stopped possibly ticketed for that," added Collins.

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