Search continues for moped hit-and-run driver in accident that killed Hardeeville woman

astice@islandpacket.comJune 13, 2012 

Fliers seeking tips and offering a cash reward for information about the driver who killed a 19-year-old Hardeeville woman riding on the back of a moped June 9 have produced several leads, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

However, no suspects have been identified, and the search for clues in the death of Amanda Pallitta continues.

Pallitta was riding on the back of boyfriend Jeffrey Baker's moped at about 9:30 p.m. on S.C. 46, just outside of Hardeeville. Authorities believe the driver of a two- or four-door red Ford pickup truck ran into the back of the moped, ran over the couple and drove away.

Baker, whose friends call him "Sketch," is still listed in serious condition at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, according to hospital spokesman Michael Notrica.

Robb Santiago, who said the couple were coming to visit him on the night of the wreck, said his friend Baker seems to be healing.

"I just saw him in the hospital," Santiago said. "They were like family to me."

John Pallitta, Amanda's father, said Baker is up and able to speak some.

"Soon, maybe we can find some information of him," Pallitta said. "We've got to find (the driver) somehow."

Troopers are keeping the family updated on the investigation, Pallitta said.

Both the Highway Patrol and the family say they hope residents who saw something will come forward.

Anyone with information about the crash or the pickup can call the Highway Patrol at 843-953-6010 or 1-800-768-1506. The public also can call S.C. Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or send a text message to the program at 274637.

A cash reward up to $1,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of those responsible, according to the flier.

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