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Teenager identified in fatal I-526 wreck, suspect found after hit-and-run

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The Mount Pleasant Police Department announced Saturday night that they located the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run Friday night on Interstate 526. The identity of the driver has not been released.

Saturday afternoon the teenager that was killed in the fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 526 was been identified.

Gracie Benjamin, 17, died from injuries sustained in the accident, Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said.

On Friday night at approximately 9:53 p.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a fatal hit and run collision on Interstate 526 eastbound near Longpoint Road.

After the collision, a light blue Kia Sorento left the scene, police say.

Witnesses described the Kia as possibly between a 2006-2008 with grey plastic front and rear bumpers. The driver was described as a white male who is approximately 30 years of age with a slender build. Witnesses also described him as having short hair as well as facial hair. A white female was in the passenger seat.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call Pfc. Cowdrey at 843-884-4176 or email him at mcowdrey@tompsc.com. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111, submit a tip through their smartphone application, or submit a tip at http://mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest."

While the accident was being worked, all lanes on I-526 eastbound near the Long Point Road exit were closed, Mount Pleasant police said.

In addition, SCDOT officials reported that I-526 westbound lanes in the area were closed, for a period of time. 

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