Driver still on the loose 10 days after deadly hit & run

Published: Aug. 27, 2013 at 4:27 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Ten days after a deadly hit and run, the driver is still on the loose.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened on August 17th at 3 a.m.  near Highway 501 at the Old Waccamaw Pottery bridge. The two riders on the moped were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the moped, Robert Pouncey told WMBF News he doesn't remember much from the accident, but does remember emergency responders talking to him.

"Asking me [sic] what was the name of my friend and I remember asking, thinking, why are they asking me? Ask him," Pouncey said.

Horry County Coroner Darris Fowler said 21-year-old Tyshawn Johnson from Marion, SC was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. Johnson died from multiple blunt force trauma from being struck by a motor vehicle.  Johnson was the passenger riding on the back of  Pouncey's moped.

Since the day of the accident, troopers have been investigating the accident. So far, the driver of the car that hit the moped has not been arrested, nor come forward.

Troopers have used digital signs along Highway 501 to alert the public that they are looking for a white or silver Nissan Pathfinder with extensive front end damage and the left front wheel hub cap missing.

Now, Pouncey is also pleading for the driver to come forward.

"Just put yourself in the position that this was your child or your mom or it was you and it was your mom who wanted to know what happened," Pouncey said, "it's an accident and accidents happen every second and just for the family and friends and loved ones of Tyshawn, somebody to step forward."

Pouncey spent six days in the hospital and suffered a severed toe and several contusions to his head. He also had surgery on his leg.

"I can't even complain about anything that happened to me. I lost my friend. He lost his life," Pouncey said.

Johnson's funeral was held on Saturday.

"He was a great dude. He was the type of dude that if you're at McDonald's with him and you ask for a dollar or something, he'll buy you a burger. He had the heart of an angel," Pouncey said.

Anyone with any information about this collision or about the vehicle of interest, should contact the SCHP at 843-661-4705 or 1-800-768-1505, or you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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