On December 10th, 2016 Ben Burnett was knocked off his bicycle while riding in Greenwood, South Carolina, by a hit-and-run motorist. The efforts of one cyclist, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and local media have all led to the vehicle being found yesterday.
On December 10th, 2016, Ben Burnett was knocked off his bicycle while riding in Greenwood, South Carolina, by a hit-and-run motorist. The vehicle left behind an important clue to the investigation, a side mirror. This side mirror had a part sticker on it that helped lead the SC Highway Patrol to identifying the type of vehicle for the community to be on a look out for, a 2005-09 Pontiac G6 in an unknown color.
A local cyclist and friend of Ben’s sister took it upon herself to contact local media stations to spread the word of Ben’s hit-and-run bicycle crash, and to help find the vehicle. First picked up by WYFF 4 in Greenwood, SC, and then by Fox Carolina and the Index-Journal paper, the information spread wide and the community got involved. Emerald City Bikes, a local Greenwood bicycle shop, replaced Burnett’s totaled bike and helped continue to push the news around the area. We got involved as Ben’s attorneys and communicated with the Highway Patrol.
This week there was a large break in the case when the South Carolina Highway Patrol working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division found the vehicle with damage to the front light, and a missing right mirror.
Ben is in good spirits, and we are all thankful for the cyclist that pushed the media to pick up this story, the hard work of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and our local cycling community supporting Ben through this hit and run bicycle crash. The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to give updates as we have them.
Photo Credit: Emerald City Bikes