MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – A man riding a bicycle on Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene Saturday night, according to an official with Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue.
At about 10:51 p.m. on August 15, the man was riding a bicycle near Texas Roadhouse when he was struck by a vehicle, according to Captain Jerry Howerton with MIGCFR. The man was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Capt. Howerton confirmed that the vehicle then fled the scene.
Witnesses told South Carolina Highway Patrol that they thought the involved vehicle was a Jeep, and may be from out of state, based on the color of the license plate, according to Corporal Sonny Collins. Witnesses also said the bicycle appeared to have lights and was visible to other motorists.
The MAIT team is still investigating, and Cpl. Collins said anyone with information can dial *HP.
This incident caused a traffic backup on Highway 17 Business Saturday night and early Sunday morning when crews shut down a stretch of the road around the incident location.