A Georgia driver repeatedly denied leaving the scene of a Lady’s Island hit-and-run crash Wednesday, even though he left his front bumper and license plate behind, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
The incident happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. near Sams Point Road and Hickory Road. The 20-year-old driver didn’t have his headlights on and was “driving recklessly,” according to the report. He allegedly rear-ended another driver, damaging both cars. His front bumper — including a Texas license plate — fell off and was left at the scene.
When a deputy found him driving in the area a short time later, he said he was on his way to a Tinder date and had driven all the way from Fort Stewart, Ga., to meet a date, according to the report.
The silver Honda he was driving had a matching Texas plate on the still-attached back bumper, damage to the front end, was missing its front bumper and the airbags were “freshly deployed” and “smoking,” the report said.
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The driver told deputies his car was like that when he left Georgia and denied being involved in a crash in the Beaufort area.
The man was charged with leaving the scene of property damage, a misdemeanor, and was released on personal recognizance later Wednesday morning, according to online Beaufort County Detention Center and Beaufort County court records.