Pawleys Island man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash of moped rider

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 25, 2013 

John Thomas Clark

— A Pawleys Island man remained jailed Friday morning pending a bond hearing on charges in connection with a fatal hit-and run involving a moped rider on Tuesday, according to authorities.

John Thomas Clark, 27, of Pawleys Island was booked into the Georgetown County Detention Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. Charges were pending against Clark, according to jail records at 9 a.m. Friday.

But Clark is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, said Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol. Because the crash remained under investigation, Collins said he could not release any other details.

It was unclear how Clark was taken into custody, but troopers asked for the public’s help in finding the driver of the vehicle after the crash.

Moped rider Patrick Loper, 57, of Pawleys Island died from injuries he suffered in the crash while he was being treated at a local hospital, according to authorities.

Loper had been involved in a separate crash and was in the roadway when troopers said he was struck by the vehicle allegedly driven by Clark, Collins said. The crash happened about 11 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 17 just north of Pawleys Island.

The vehicle that struck Loper left the scene and was described as a Honda Civic manufactured between the years 2006 to 2011, Collins said. Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team investigated the crash.

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