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Update: Victim in fatal hit-and-run identified by coroner

Police said this is the Silver 2007 Jeep Compass driven by a suspect who walked away after the fatal two-car crash occurred. The driver of the other car involved was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities are investigating and ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the Conway Police Department at 248-1790 or Crime Stoppers of the Low Country at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Police said this is the Silver 2007 Jeep Compass driven by a suspect who walked away after the fatal two-car crash occurred. The driver of the other car involved was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities are investigating and ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the Conway Police Department at 248-1790 or Crime Stoppers of the Low Country at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Conway Police Department

The victim who was killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred early Wednesday morning on U.S. 701 South was identified late Wednesday morning.

Brittany Renae Custer, 24, of Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene with head injuries as the cause, Tony Hendrick, deputy coroner with the Horry County Coroner’s Office, said.

Lanes of traffic were closed for part of the morning on U.S. 701 South while authorities investigated the deadly two-car, head-on crash, according to Selena Small with the Conway Police Department.

The fatal crash occurred at 1:10 a.m. on the 3400 block of U.S. 701 South and Pitch Landing Road, and the driver of one car left the scene on foot, and Custer, the driver of the other car involved, was killed during the crash, Small said.

The suspect was driving a Silver 2007 Jeep Compass, police said. The South Carolina Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is assisting Conway Police Department with the investigation, and South Carolina Highway Patrol authorities are also investigating.

Small said the lane closures caused major delays for morning traffic, which was rerouted while authorities were on the scene.

Anyone with any information on this collision or who may have seen anything in the area around this time is asked to contact the Conway Police Department at 248-1790 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Further details as to the identity of the deceased have not been provided. More information will be released on this incident as soon as it is available.

This recent death is the fourth traffic fatality to occur since Thursday, and the second fatality to occur on U.S. 701 since Saturday evening.

Joseph “Joey” Faircloth, 56, of Loris, was pronounced dead on the scene from traumatic injuries suffered during a two-car crash that occurred on U.S. 701 in Loris, Horry County deputy coroner Michelle McSpadden said.

According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, Faircloth was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck heading south on U.S 701 when he tried to overtake a car in his lane and crashed head-on into a Cadillac sport utility vehicle that was heading north.

Faircloth died at the scene, and the man who was driving the Cadillac involved in the crash and a female passenger were taken to Grand Strand Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

S.C. Highway Patrol continues to investigate that incident.

Walter Curtis Bass, 27, of Conway, died of injuries he sustained in an incident that occurred Thursday, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.

Police responded to the crash around 11:30 a.m. at S.C. 90 near East Cox Ferry Road, where a 1997 four-door Chevrolet was traveling West on the highway, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Bass, on a 1994 Suzuki motorcycle, was traveling east on the highway when the car tried to turn left into a private parking lot but failed to yield to the motorcycle, Collins said.

Bass was not wearing a helmet, Collins said.

David Cole Wenglinsky, 23, from Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene after fatal vehicle crash on U.S. 501 southbound near Carolina Forest Monday afternoon, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

The crash occurred around noon Monday near the Dunkin’ Donuts just north of Carolina Forest, said Battalion Chief Brian VanAernem, public information officer with Horry County Fire Rescue.

A 2000 GMC sport utility driven by Wenglinsky and a 2012 Honda sport utility were traveling south on U.S. 501 when Wenglinsky attempted to change lanes, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Wenglinsky’s SUV struck the rear of the Honda, causing his vehicle to overturn. Wenglinsky was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected, Collins said. He died from internal blunt force trauma, Hendrick said.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, but no charges are expected to be filed, Collins said.

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

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