Police: Suspect backs up, hits car in traffic, then flees scene

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A 26-year-old Summerville man was arrested Wednesday after an alleged hit-and-run car accident in Goose Creek.

According to Goose Creek police, several cars were stopped in traffic on Highway 52 southbound around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the driver of a blue Nissan Frontier pick-up truck, decided to back up. The truck struck a gold Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Camry told police that she got out of her car after the collision and requested the driver's insurance information, but he said he didn't have any. She then requested the driver to pull over, but she told police he said no and drove away from the scene.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed damage to the front of the Camry. The suspect's pick-up truck was later stopped on Highway 176 near Old Moncks Corner Road shortly after the accident. Officers found damage to the rear bump of the truck. The driver, William E. Atkinson, 26, of Summerville, was arrested.

Atkinson told police that he was involved in the wreck at US Highway 52 and Brandywine Boulevard and that he fled the scene because he did not have a driver's license and was scared. Atkinson further stated that the Nissan was his father's and that he wasn't aware he took it.

A background check of Atkinson revealed that his South Carolina driver's license was suspended and that he had one prior driving under suspension charge in 2008.

Atkinson was charged with hit and run, improper backing and driving under suspension second offense. He was transported to the Goose Creek Police Department for booking.

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