Hardeeville woman on moped killed in hit-and-run

astice@islandpacket.comJune 10, 2012 

A 19-year-old Hardeeville woman was killed Saturday night when a vehicle struck the back of the moped she was a passenger on along S.C. 46 near Hardeeville and then drove away, according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

Amanda Poletta, 19, died at the scene of the hit-and-run crash of massive trauma, said Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls. The driver of the moped was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with serious injuries, Highway Patrol officers said.

The moped was traveling westbound on S.C. 46 less than a mile from Hardeeville when a vehicle came up behind it and struck the rear of the moped, knocking Poletta off. The vehicle then ran over Poletta, officials said.

Neither the moped driver nor Poletta were wearing helmets, according to Highway Patrol officers.

The vehicle that hit the moped might be a red Ford pickup that was damaged in the front as a result of the crash, according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, who said the description of the hit-and-run vehicle came after interviews with people nearby and evidence collected at the scene. The pickup's description has been given to local law enforcement agencies but was not spotted Sunday, Jones said.

Highway Patrol also does not have a suspect in the crash. Residents who see a pickup matching the description are asked to call S.C. Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Updates on the moped driver's condition were not available Sunday.

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