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Driver being sought in fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster County

(Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol) (Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol)
(Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol) (Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol)
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LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

A man, who has been identified as 42-year-old Richard Sims, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Lancaster County Friday night. 

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the hit-and-run occurred around 10:15 p.m. on Pageland Highway near Deerwood Road. 

"Don't nobody deserve to be run down like a dog." Brandon Elliott said, who is a neighbor.

Someone knocked on Elliott's door Friday night asking him to call 911. Elliott was told the victim was in his front yard.

"At first I thought they were playing a joke," Elliott said. "But I was like that's not a cool joke to play. When I walked up there, sure enough he was laying there."

After calling 911, Elliott went to check on the victim and realized he wasn't a stranger.

"It wasn't a comfortable feeling," Elliott said. "I simply rolled him over and seen his face. I knew exactly who he was."

Troopers said the driver hit Sims from behind and then fled from the scene. Sims was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries. 

"I've known him pretty much my whole life," Elliott said. "Me and his brother played ball together and I talked to him every time when I see him."

Deputies believe the car involved is either a 2014 white Nissan Altima or Maxima. The vehicle would have possible damage to the right front and right side mirror, according to troopers. 

No arrests have been made in this hit-and-run. 

"He is going to answer for it today or answer for it tomorrow," Elliott said. "But one day he is going to have to answer for what he done."

If you have any information in this fatal hit-and-run, you're asked to call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 803-896-9621. 

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