24-year old hit-and-run suspect turns self into police

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 24-year-old woman from Moncks Corner turned herself into police after family members heard about the hit-and-run in Berkeley County on Friday.

According to State Trooper Col. Bob Beres, the woman turned herself into authorities just after 9 p.m. Friday evening. She was driving a 1992 White Ford F-150.

A man's body was covered in frost and found in a ditch in Berkeley County Friday morning. The Highway Patrol is investigating the hit-and-run that left a Hispanic man dead.

According to highway patrol, the accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 17A near Murrells Inlet Lane near Moncks Corner.

The Berkeley County Coroner's office identified the victim as 32-year-old Angelo Mendes of Moncks Corner. It took most of Friday to piece together evidence and identified the victim.

"The 911 dispatcher received a call from a motorist this morning shortly after daylight. She spotted a body lying in the ditch on 17A, south of Moncks Corner," Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

Investigators say the victim was left dead in this ditch sometime overnight. They say construction crews were in the area until dark, and the body wasn't there when the workers left.

"He actually had ice and frost on his body, that indicates he had been here for a little while," Salisbury said.

"If you know that someone in your neighborhood recently has damage to their vehicle that didn't have it last night, please let us know so we can look at those cars and piece this investigation together," Beres said.

Highway patrol says at this time they do not know which way the car that hit this man was traveling.

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