2 injured in mo-ped, car, SUV hit-and-run in Beaufort

info@islandpacket.comMarch 1, 2013 

Two people were injured during a three-vehicle, hit-and-run crash that included a mo-ped Friday afternoon at a Beaufort intersection.

The driver of a black BMW sedan and the driver of a mo-ped were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to Beaufort Deputy Police Chief Dale McDorman. They were released later that evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Hogarth and Boundary streets.

The driver of a green SUV that struck the sedan and mo-ped drove off into Polk Village. A description of the driver was unavailable.

Annette Wright, 43, of St. Helena Island, who was driving the BMW, and Joshua Carpenter, 23, of Lady's Island, who was driving the mo-ped, were taken to the hospital.

Carpenter did not recall the accident; Wright told police she was on Boundary Street and turned left on Hogarth Street. Traffic was backed up, causing her to stop in the intersection, McDorman said.

The SUV also was on Boundary and turned onto Hogarth, striking the mo-ped, which was headed the opposite direction. It was not clear whether the mo-ped struck the sedan or vice versa.

It appears the SUV continued down Hogarth on the wrong side of the road, sideswiping the sedan, McDorman said.

The accident remains under investigation. Police ask that any witnesses or anyone with information about the SUV and its driver call the 24-hour dispatch office at 843-524-277 or 911.

The SUV is believed to have passenger-side damage and possible front-end damage.

Traffic was slowed near the intersection for about 45 minutes. The accident was cleared by 4 p.m.

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