PELZER, S.C. (WSPA) – A pedestrian has died after an early morning hit-and-run crash on Main Street in Pelzer on Tuesday.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened at about 3:15 a.m. on Main Street, or Highway 8, near Highway 20.
Troopers said the pedestrian was seriously injured and taken to the hospital where he later died.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 29-year-old Brandon Strickland.
“We get a phone call saying he got hit, and we need to come to the hospital to identify his body,” said Tyler Strickland, Brandon’s brother.
The coroner’s office said Strickland suffered severe injuries and was transported to Prisma Health in Greenville earlier today. Strickland died around 2:24 Tuesday afternoon. The family said before his death, he was fighting for his life for hours.
“Brain damage. They have machine hook to him, doing all the work for him. But they’re waiting on his heart to stop. About two hours ago, to come up there to say goodbye,” Strickland said.
Around noon on Tuesday, family and friends searched the area for Strickland’s phone. They even went to nearby places asking for surveillance video of the crash.
“He’s got a bunch of kids he left behind. Somebody needs to tell somebody something, so we can tell the kids,” said Ciji Hawkins, Brandon’s friend.
Frequent walkers in the area said they are disturbed by the crash. One person said the intersection is dangerous, and lacks enough sidewalks for people to walk safely.
“We don’t have any here. We have a large population of people that walk or bike around here, and there’s no sidewalk there. You are in the grass or you are in the road, and that’s just not safe for people,” said Jareth Goderis, a frequent walker.
While the investigation continues, people want answers, and the family is pleading for justice.
“And I hope the city steps in, try to make our roads a little bit safer for pedestrians, and for cars alike, because we just can’t be going around getting hurt all the time,” Goderis said.
“I mean if anybody knows anything, come forward to the Anderson County Detention Center, or the sheriff’s office or whoever, and give yourself up,” Tyler said.
Troopers do not have any details about the suspect vehicle.
The Anderson County Office of the Coroner and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are
investigating the accident. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the SC Highway Patrol at 864-241-1000 or 800-768-1503. You may also contact Crimestoppers by calling 888-CRIMESC (274-6372).