A year later, Aiken County hit-and-run death still unsolved

Monty Pettit, 49, was killed Nov. 3, 2012, on South Carolina Highway 302 near Wagener.



Kim Moore wonders whether her brother would have survived if the person who hit him with a car had stopped and called for help. Instead, the driver kept going, leaving Monty Pettit to die in the road.

“It breaks my heart to think of that baby laying out there,” Moore said of Pettit, 49, who was killed Nov. 3, 2012, in Aiken County.

Police and family are still searching for answers to what happened that night on South Carolina Highway 302 near Wagener.

“It’s been very painful and stressful,” Moore said.

“There’s still that missing piece.”

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said evidence left at the scene helped them identify the vehicle as a 1999 to 2006 metallic-blue Volvo S80, but tips have not led them to the driver or vehicle. The vehicle could have damaged parking lights and possibly a damaged bumper.

Moore said Pettit was walking from a friend’s house about 11:45 p.m. to a nearby home where his brother was staying when he was hit.

It was already a rough time for the family. Pettit’s 20-year-old daughter had died of colon cancer the day before.

Police told Moore that Pettit might have been lying on the road for nearly an hour before another vehicle came along and found him.

Crimestoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Carolina Highway Patrol at (803) 896-9621 or Crimestoppers at (888) 274-6372.



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