RIDGEWAY — The S.C. Highway Patrol is looking for information regarding two unrelated hit-and-runs that have occurred in Ridgeway on or near Longtown Road in the last two months.
The first incident occurred on Sept. 24 around 6:45 a.m. Devante Middleton was walking in the road wearing dark clothing and was struck by a vehicle. Lovonia McDaniel, the driver of that vehicle, stopped and attempted to speak with Middleton when another vehicle approached.
McDaniel attempted to get the attention of the approaching driver but was unable to stop them. It is believed that vehicle strike was the cause of Middleton’s death. The second vehicle was described as a dark colored small vehicle with tinted windows. This vehicle will have damage to the front grill and possibly to a headlight assembly and lower bumper cover.
The second incident occurred Oct. 10 around 8:45 p.m. and again involved two vehicles.
Joshua Thomas was walking east on S.C. 34 when he was struck by a vehicle, described as a blue or black four-door compact car, and landed in the eastbound lane. The Highway Patrol believes this vehicle might have damage to the front grill, passenger headlight assembly, hood, and its lower bumper cover.
After the first vehicle left the scene, a second vehicle struck Thomas. This vehicle was described as a tan two-door midsize pickup truck. The Highway Patrol believes this truck may have damage to the front bumper as well as the undercarriage. This vehicle stopped near the collision but left the scene when a fire truck arrived to assist, according to a witness.
The Highway Patrol is asking anyone with information related to these two incidents to contact them at (803) 896-9621 or 1-800-768-1501, or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.