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Law enforcement looking for vehicle that hit moped rider and fled the scene

Gaston, SC (06/05/2021 Paul Kirby) – Law enforcement officers and an injured man’s family are hoping that someone saw something on the Sunday before Memorial Day that can lead them to the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of a wreck. According to the injured man’s stepson, he is in grave condition at Prisma Health’s Palmetto Richland’s ICU, and no one has come forward to admit and accept responsibility for colliding with the man who was riding the moped.


Amos Merck, of Gaston, was riding a moped along Fish Hatchery Road when he was struck by an automobile. This occurred right at the intersection of Wild Meadows Drive and Fish Hatchery close to Sharpe's Septic Tank Service. Amos had apparently slowed to turn into the neighborhood when he was hit. Afterward, the vehicle that hit him fled the scene leaving Amos laying severely injured in the road. The driver of the vehicle offered no assistance and did not call 911 to report the wreck or the summon the response of medical aid.


Since the day of the crash, Amos has been in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. He has been placed on a ventilator and his family says the outlook is grim. Amos’ doctors say he has massive head trauma as well as numerous broken bones.

First, his family is asking for prayers for Amos and for their strength as they gather around and support him. They also want someone to be held accountable and pray that God will impact that person and lay it upon their heart to do the right thing.


Amos’ family says that he has been lucid enough at points to verbally communicate with law enforcement officers what he last remembered seeing. That was a copper or orange in color vehicle or possibly a faded red pickup truck leaving the scene.


This incident hits this family especially hard since Amos’ daughter was struck and killed by a vehicle in South Congaree in January of 2015. It also upsets the family to think about Amos laying alone and bleeding in the roadway like an animal. This happened in broad daylight but to date, there doesn’t appear to have been any witnesses.


If you know anything about this hit and run, please call with tips to any of the following:


SC Highway Patrol Lexington Office (803) 808-4200

SC Highway Patrol Troop One HQ (803) 737-8340 or email: troop1@scdps.gov

SC Highway Patrol Dispatch *HP


Your help and prayers are appreciated.


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