Body found in Socastee ditch was victim of traffic collision, police say

The body that was found in a ditch in Socastee on Saturday morning was a victim of a traffic collision, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The unidentified victim was found in a ditch off Peachtree Road, according to John Harrelson with Horry County police. Anthony Lemay, 13, said he was riding his bicycle about 7:30 a.m. when he came across the body.

“I was just riding around and went to the top of the road and saw a shoe,” Lemay told The Sun News. “I tried looking for another shoe.”

That’s when Lemay looked in a ditch and found a person he said appeared to be a middle-aged man.

“He was bloated up, all red,” Lemay added. “I’ve never seen nothing like that before. It was just shocking, surprising.”

The highway patrol reports a 2007 Ford vehicle struck the pedestrian around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 12 while traveling south on Peachtree Road. The driver did not suffer any injuries, according to SCHP.

The incident is still under investigation.