MYRTLE BEACH — A Myrtle Beach man was charged in connection with a pedestrian being hit and killed Monday night along U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said.
The man killed was a 41-year-old homeless man who had been staying at various places in the Myrtle Beach area, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of his death to his family.
Jamey Eugene Sellars, 42, of Myrtle Beach is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing on a charge of first-offense driving under the influence, Knipes said. The bond hearing has not been scheduled, Knipes said at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers were called at 11:15 p.m. Monday to the 1800 block of U.S. 501 near Robert Grissom Parkway for a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian, Knipes said. During the investigation into the crash, police learned the pedestrian was walking north on U.S. 501 with the flow of traffic.
Witnesses told officers that the pedestrian was walking on the pavement toward the right side of the road, Knipes said. Sellars’ vehicle was going north on U.S. 501 and struck the pedestrian from behind, which caused the person to be thrown into the grassy shoulder near a ditch.
Sellars’ vehicle, a Lincoln, went a short distance up the road and then stopped on the side, Knipes said. Officers determined Sellars was the driver and had been driving impaired at the time of the crash.
Sellars was taken into custody at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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