South Carolina

Chester boy dies after hit-and-run crash while waiting for bus

The (Rock Hill) Herald staff reports

La'Darious Wylie
La'Darious Wylie Submitted photo

The Chester County fifth grader struck earlier this week in a hit-and-run has died, school officials said late Wednesday.

La'Darious Wylie was waiting for a school bus at the corner of Ashford and Dye streets around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a vehicle. Wylie was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center and then transported to Levine Children’s Center in Charlotte.

He died Wednesday afternoon, Chester schools spokeswoman Brooke Clinton said.

“Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers,” Clinton said.

The boy’s principal, Tammy Graham said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved student, La'Darious Wylie. He was greatly loved by everyone that knew him. He was a great student, classmate and friend. His infectious smile will forever be remembered. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.”

Wylie was a student at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology, according to school officials. The school has counselors available to talk with students or staff who may need assistance.

A witness at the scene told Chester police officers the car involved in the accident did not stop after hitting the boy and instead fled the scene. S.C. Highway Patrol also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

A person of interest was being questioned but Chester Police have not said if the suspect has been arrested.