Driver accused of fleeing crash on Highway 170 in Okatie

Crime & Safety

OKATIE, S.C. (WSAV) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred on Highway 170 Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say the driver believed to be responsible for the collision ran from the scene at Okatie Center Boulevard and has not been found.

The driver left his blue SUV and ran toward Barrel Landing Road, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

The driver is described as a white male, around 6-foot-2 with a slender build, BCSO said. His head is shaved and he was wearing a white tank top.

The sheriff’s office deployed K9 units to search the area for the driver, and while they remain on the scene as of the early evening, BCSO says organized search efforts have been discontinued.

Meanwhile, all westbound lanes closed due to the crash have been reopened.

No word yet on the condition of those who were in the vehicle struck by the SUV.

Anyone with information on the driver can submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 or through the P3 Tips app.

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