CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Friends of hit-and-run victim Jathon "Jae" Bellamy are sponsoring a bike run to honor his memory and raise awareness of bike safety Sunday in Park Circle.
Police escorts will accompany riders as part of the "Come Clean for Jae" event from Barrel House Spirits on Virginia Avenue to the intersection of Cosgrove Avenue and Azalea Drive where the fatal accident occurred.
The event begins at 2 p.m., and participants are requested to arrive by 1:30 p.m.
After the ride, The Junction on Spruill Avenue will serve snacks and refreshments. One dollar of every beverage and 20 percent of every food purchase will be donated to the family and the reward fund, according to co-owner Kimana Littleflower.
In addition to Sunday's event, Drummer Patrick Queen from the local band Zonaea says his band will hold its album release party at The Sparrow in Park Circle on Friday night starting at 10 p.m., with donations at the door and $5 from every album sale being donated. A second band, Dante's Camaro, will also perform at the event.
Bellamy's family is hoping to encourage anyone with information on the person responsible for Jae's death to come forward. The reward, which was originally set at $9,000, has been raised to $20,000.
Bellamy, 46, was struck and killed by an unidentified motorist on the night of Feb. 25. Police investigators are requesting any information about vehicles with damage indicative of the event, such as a broken windshield.
If you have any information on this incident, call North Charleston Police at (843) 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.