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Highway Patrol still seeking leads on fatal hit and run

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The S.C. Highway Patrol is still seeking information on a hit and run more than two weeks after the incident left a 47-year-old Myrtle Beach man dead on a New Zion highway.

The body of Carey Randolph McCracken Jr., 47, was found shortly after 12 a.m. May 13 in the middle of U.S. 301 “right at Salem Road in New Zion,” said Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson.

“He had a flat tire on the passenger’s side of the vehicle,” Jackson said.

Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said the State Law Enforcement Division investigation team was called in due to the extent of McCracken’s injuries, which included blunt force trauma to his head, face and hands.

“We called in SLED because we couldn’t be sure it wasn’t something other than a hit and run, due to the injuries,” Garrett said. “The SLED investigator, who used to work with the Highway Patrol Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) said it was a hit and run.”

Garrett said an autopsy performed Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina also showed evidence of a hit and run.

“The pathologist said injuries were consistent with a hit and run, so now the Highway Patrol has the case,” Garrett said.

Garrett said, however, that anyone with information regarding this case can call the Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414. You can also dial *HP from any mobile device.

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