Suspect in fatal hit-and-run stabbed after returning to scene

AIKEN, SC (WIS) A man accused of hitting and killing a Texas soldier with his pickup truck and then driving away Friday night in Aiken County was taken to the hospital after being stabbed when he returned to the scene.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the hit-and-run victim, SFC Maurice J. Collier of Ft. Hood, Texas, was attending a motorcycle rally at Ellen's Bar & Grill on Edgefield Highway when he was struck around 8:10pm by a Ford F-350 driven by Glenn Otts, 57, of Trenton.

Carlton said Collier was apparently directing traffic near the parking lot entrance when he was hit, but was wearing dark clothing without any reflective gear. Collier was taken to the Athens Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Corporal Bob Beres of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Otts then left the scene, but returned shortly thereafter and was confronted by a group of bikers. Carlton said Otts was stabbed by an unknown assailant during the altercation, and was taken to the Medical College of Georgia.

It's unknown whether Otts or any of the bikers will face charges. The Highway Patrol is investigating Collier's death, while Aiken County deputies are investigating the stabbing.

Carlton said Collier was the treasurer for the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and was visiting a friend in the Augusta area.

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