After a fatal hit-and-run in Lexington County, Highway Patrol searches for a suspect; Victim identified

State Highway Patrol continues to search for a suspect it says struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 26 in Lexington County in what the department calls a hit-and-run.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim in the July 18 collision as Sierra Lachelle Parker, a 23-year-old from Columbia.

“An unknown vehicle was traveling westbound on Interstate 26 near exit 106,” the Highway Patrol wrote in a news release. “The vehicle struck a pedestrian causing fatal injuries and left the scene.”

The mile marker is just west of the interchange with St. Andrews Road in Columbia.

According to the coroner’s office, Parker was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

“The make and model of the hit-and-run vehicle is currently unknown,” the Highway Patrol statement read. “The vehicle may have damage to the front.”

The department is asking anyone with information about those responsible for the hit and run to submit anonymous information to the department (864-241-1000 or 1-800-768-1503), Crime Stoppers at (888-274-6372), through the website or the P3 Tips app.

The state Department of Public Safety reports there have been 19 road fatalities in Lexington County this year, one of which involved a pedestrian, who was killed while walking on the roadway off Interstate 20 in the Batesburg-Leesville area.

The department lists 545 road deaths so far this year, 73 of them involving pedestrians.

Public Safety reports 57 road deaths in the county in 2021, 11 of which involved pedestrians.

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