Report: Driver hits beach goers with SUV, damages car

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of hitting beach goers with his SUV and damaging a car on Folly Beach on July 4.

The Folly Beach Police Department charged Nicholas James Olson with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and reckless driving.

Around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, a police officer responded to a hit-and-run on the 11th block of East Ashley Avenue. While en route, the officer was flagged down by a witness who was riding a moped.

The witness said that some people had the driver of the hit-and-run detained on East 3rd Street.  When the officer got to the area, he saw a Chevy SUV on the side of the road with some bystanders at the window of the vehicle.

The driver, Olson, said that another vehicle had opened its door in his path and he had struck the door with his SUV.

Police say the driver then tried to tell the officer that he had asked the people he had hit if they were okay and they told him they were, so he left.

The witness on the moped and a corporal with the police both said that the suspect never stopped. The corporal said that the victims Olson struck were complaining of injuries and "one had actually bounced off the side of the subject's vehicle."

A police report states that the suspect had an odor of alcohol coming from him, slurred speech and exhibiting signs of impairment.

Investigators also say an additional vehicle that was parked in front of the victims was also hit in the accident.

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