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Update: Mo-ped driver killed in Surfside Beach hit-and-run identified

Authorities responded to a fatal hit-and-run Thursday night in Surfside Beach in what became the second deadly car crash involving a mo-ped this week.

Billie Ann Waylon, 63, from the Myrtle Beach area, died in the crash, according to Michelle McSpadden with the Horry County Coronor’s Office.

Officers responded to the fatal crash about 10:40 p.m. Thursday after it occurred at U.S. 17 Business and 13th Avenue North in Surfside.

The crash involved a mo-ped and black sports utility vehicle, and after the incident the SUV left the scene. Witnesses described the SUV as possibly a black Dodge Journey with an out-of-state license plate, police said.

The SUV will have damage to the right front area, said Chief Rodney Keziah with the SBPD.

“This case is actively being investigated by SBPD officers and investigators, Horry County Coroner’s Office, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team,” Keziah said.

The authorities with the Surfside Beach Police Department and the Horry County Coroner’s Office are investigating the fatal crash.

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to call the SBPD Investigators at 913-6368.

Authorities also responded to a deadly crash involving a mo-ped Wednesday night about 9 p.m. on S.C. 22.

Craig Jeffers, 18, of Ruckersville, Va., was killed in the crash after the 2013 moped he was operating was involved with a collision with a 1995 pickup truck.

Both drivers were traveling in the westbound lane of S.C. 22 when the crash occurred, with the mo-ped in front of the 17-year-old driver of the pickup truck, Beres said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.

Myrtle Beach police also responded to a rash of mo-ped thefts on Wednesday before the fatal crash that evening, according to police reports.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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