McCOLL — State troopers are investigating the hit-and-run death of a man whose body was found early Saturday on a Marlboro County roadside.
An autopsy has confirmed that 27-year-old Stephen Locklear of Laurinburg, North Carolina died as a result of being hit by a car, according to Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown. Locklear was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. Saturday after authorities discovered his body on the side of U.S. 15/U.S. 401 in McColl.
Locklear was walking along U.S. 15 heading north when a northbound vehicle struck him and fled the scene, authorities said.
“We have no description of the vehicle at this time,” said Cpl. Judd Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “There are no suspects at this time.”
Anyone with any information about the hit-and-run crash is asked to call Crimestoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
In nearby counties, two people died in highway crashes the day before Locklear’s body was found, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
A 30-year-old Rock Hill man was killed on S.C. 5 in Lancaster County around 9 a.m. and a 52-year-old Massachusetts man died in a 9:16 p.m. crash on U.S. 301 in Florence County last Friday.
Locklear’s death is the fifth traffic fatality reported in Marlboro County this year, state Department of Public Safety records show. Chesterfield County has had eight highway deaths since Jan. 1.
Marlboro County saw eight traffic deaths and Chesterfield County had three during the same time period last year.
Throughout the state, 614 people have lost their lives in 568 crashes between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31. In 2014, fatal wrecks had claimed 514 victims as of Aug. 31.
Reach Laurinburg Exchange reporter Abby Hackmann at 910-276-2311.