Sheriff's office looking into fatal hit-and-run as possible hate crime

Sheriff's office looking into fatal hit-and-run as possible hate crime

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they are investigating what led to a fatal hit and run on Folly Beach, including the possibility that this may be a hate crime.

A sheriff's office spokesman said authorities are interviewing people about a possible altercation at a local bar before the weekend accident.

The accident happened on West Ashley Avenue on Folly Beach around 2 a.m. on Saturday. One man was killed, and another is still in the hospital. 

Andrew Lanzaro, 31, was arrested for the incident and charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury in connection with the early Saturday morning incident that took the life of 29-year-old Justin Plumlee. Lanzaro's bond was set at $300,000.

The sheriff's office say a traffic unit responded to West Ashley Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning to investigate a report of a hit-and-run involving a car and two pedestrians.

Deputies say the two pedestrians were walking down West Ashley Avenue between 2nd and 3rd street when a 2004 Honda CRV swerved off the road and struck them both; Plumlee later died at the hospital, and the second victim remains in the hospital in fair condition.

Deputies say the driver then fled from the scene.

Lanzaro was arrested at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Deputies say his car was located by the Folly beach Police Department at his residence.

The vehicle had severe front end damage to the windshield and to the drivers side headlight, according to deputies.

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