GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Greenville County teacher has died after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run while riding her bike Sunday afternoon.
According to SCHP, the hit-and-run happened on Sulphur Springs Rd. near Pinsley Circle in the Sans Souci neighborhood of Greenville at about 1:14 p.m.
According to a release from the SCHP, the bicyclist was entering the crosswalk near the Swamp Rabbit Trail on Sulphur Springs Road, when an unknown vehicle traveling north on the same road struck the bicyclist before fleeing the scene.
Troopers have released a picture of the wanted vehicle in the incident. They are looking for a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado with a SC license plate of SXQ398.
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as being 33-year-old Carli Brewer Soukup. Soukup died at the scene.
Greenville County Schools confirmed that she was a teacher at Mitchell Road Elementary School. Grief counselors will be on campus Monday.
Mitchell Road Elementary Principal Amy Kern released a statement Monday:
“There are no words to describe the devastation we feel in the tragic loss of Carli Soukup. Carli was a phenomenal teacher and friend with a true gift in building lasting relationships. Her passion and love for our school and students reached beyond the classroom. Carli approached each day with a smile and loving spirit, inspiring each of us as well as her students. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli’s husband and family. Carli will be truly missed and always remembered.Principal Amy Kern