Suspect from Sangaree hit-and-run has pending molestation charges

Philip Andrew Wucherer in bond court on Wednesday.
Philip Andrew Wucherer in bond court on Wednesday.
Philip Andrew Wucherer (Source: DCDC)
Philip Andrew Wucherer (Source: DCDC)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Court records from the First Circuit Solicitor's Office indicate the 22-year-old man charged with driving off after hitting four children with his car in Summerville late Saturday has a pending child molestation charge.

Authorities have charged 22-year-old Philip Andrew Wucherer with three counts of leaving the scene of a collision involving great bodily injury and one count of leaving the scene of a collision involving personal injury.

According to court records, Wucherer was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in July 2011.  That case is still pending.

Highway patrol officials say Wucherer was taken into custody at his workplace on Trolley Road in Dorchester County around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

He appeared at bond court on Wednesday morning, where he was granted a $600,000 bond.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Paddock Way, located in the Sangaree area, when four children between the ages of 10 and 14 sneaked out of their home to access a wireless network near a curb across the street.

They say they were then mowed down by an out-of-control driver in a silver Ford Taurus.

The youngest child hit, 10-year-old Sydney Hopkins, was released from the Medical University of South Carolina last Sunday. The three others injured are expected to fully recover.

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