HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Troopers are still investigating Saturday after they say a driver hit and killed a pedestrian on Highway 544 overnight.
23-year-old Riley Patton is charged with Felony DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death after officials say he struck a truck and pedestrian around 1:00 a.m off Hwy 544 and Cabots Creek Drive.
SCHP says Patton was driving his 2002 GMC truck eastbound on 544 when he ran into the center median, hitting a 2001 Ford truck in that lane and a pedestrian near the Ford truck.
The Horry County Coroner’s Office says 55-year-old Timothy “Timmy” Shulkcum of Myrtle Beach was hit by the GMC truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says Patton continued driving after the incident before being apprehended at a nearby grocery store.
A spokesperson with Coastal Carolina University confirms Patton is currently enrolled as a student. Patton was listed as a long snapper on the 2019 Coastal Carolina Football roster, but the walk-on graduate transfer played no snaps as a Chanticleer. CCU says Patton no longer has eligibility.
“Riley Patton is a student at Coastal Carolina and was a member of the football team in the fall semester and no longer has eligibility,” a spokesman said in a text to WMBF News. “Thus he is no longer a member of the football team.”
The Knoxville, Tennessee native spent the first four years of his college career at Tennessee Tech. At an initial bond hearing in Conway Saturday, an Horry County judge set Patton’s bond at $200,000 for the hit-and-run and DUI charges. The suspect is also required to wear a alcohol monitoring system.
SCHP says the investigation is ongoing.
WMBF News will continue to update this developing story as more information is made available.