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Pedestrian killed in crash,

Suspect flees scene

Authorities are seeking the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a pedestrian late Friday and then fled the scene of the crash.

Jessica Evans, 26, of Myrtle Beach, was walking southbound on S.C. 707 when she was hit and killed by a passing vehicle just south of Holmestown Road, officials said. The S.C. Highway Patrol believes the wreck happened sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight, Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.

Evans is the third pedestrian killed in Horry County in the last 10 days. Six pedestrians have died in the county this year.

Debris found at the scene on Friday belonged to a dark blue Daimler-Chrysler vehicle, Brouthers said. However, he warned that the debris could have been from another wreck, so the Highway Patrol is searching for any vehicles that may have been in the area at the time of the crash.

Evans was wearing a dark-colored McDonald's uniform, and Brouthers said she worked at the restaurant near the intersection of Holmestown Road and S.C. 707. She lived near the crash scene, Coroner Robert Edge said.

A passing motorist saw her body and alerted authorities.

Evans, who suffered trauma to multiple parts of her body, will undergo an autopsy today, possibly helping officials the type of vehicle that hit her, Edge said.

It remains unclear if Evans was walking on the shoulder or was in the roadway at the time of the crash, Brouthers said.

The Highway Patrol's Multi-Interdisciplinary Accident Investigation Team continues to probe the crash.

Anybody with information about the crash is asked to call the S.C. Highway Patrol at 843-365-5001.

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