Investigators searching for vehicle after woman struck in hit-and-run

Investigators searching for vehicle after woman struck in hit-and-run
Charleston Police are responding to a four-car crash in West Ashley. (Source: AP)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek investigators are searching for a vehicle after a woman walking a dog was struck in a hit and run.

The incident happened on April 4 at 8:30 a.m. on Foxborough Road.

Officials with the Goose Creek Police Department say a dark colored vehicle passed too closely to 71-year-old Rodile Bessamara striking her upper body with the vehicle's passenger side mirror.

According to investigators, the woman was thrown to the ground and suffered a compound fracture to her right ankle.

"The vehicle never stopped; however, its passenger side mirror was found a short distance from where Ms. Bessamara lay injured," GCPD officials say.

A press release states the mirror was collected by investigators and has since been identified as an aftermarket replacement.

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle had upgraded mirrors or had a replacement passenger side mirror due to prior damage.

"GCPD has investigated 49 hit-and-run collisions this year to date; however, this is by the most serious," GCPD officials said.

According to police, GCPD had investigated 38 hit and run collisions, with two hit-and-run collisions last year involving fatalities.

"At this time, Ms. Bessmara is at home recovering from her injuries," GCPD officials said."Her medical bills to-date are in the tens of thousands of dollars."

Police officials are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111, the GCPD crime tip line at (843) 863-5210, or Lt. Joshua Battista at (843) 863-5200 ext. 2323.

Tips provided to Crime Stoppers that prove fruitful may result in a cash reward.

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