A hit-and-run collision on Hilton Head Island left a bike rider dead and police searching for the at-fault driver. The fatal crash occurred on U.S. 278 Business/William Hilton Parkway near Queens Way at 2:45 am, September 17, 2016. Bike paths are available in the area, so drivers should watch for bicycles.
South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators discovered very little about why the deadly wreck happened or what make and model of vehicle was involved. They have asked members of the public to be on the lookout for a burgundy or maroon car with damage to its front bumper, hood and windshield. Tips should be called in to (843) 953-6010 or (800) 768-1506.
Identifying the at-fault driver would help ensure he or she faces the criminal consequences of striking a bicyclist and leaving the man without care for his critical injuries. Locating the driver who fled the scene after crashing into the bicycle would also allow the family members of the deceased victim to seek compensation and damages for a wrongful death. Causing a hit-and-run collision constitutes negligence of the worst sort, and drivers who do so must be held accountable.
If the driver cannot be found, some coverage for funeral expense, lost financial support and other economic hardships inflicted by this loss of life may be available under the victim's own auto insurance. Invoking uninsured motorist provisions is not always easy, so family members who consider this option may find it helpful to consult with an experienced and empathetic Carolina wrongful death attorney.