One dead in North Augusta hit and run

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February 24, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A hit and run accident in North Augusta that left one man dead and at least one injured is under investigation.

The accident happened around 3 am Saturday on Atomic Road near Carolina Springs Spur.

The Aiken County Coroner says 24-year-old Gregorio Cruz of Hendersonville, N.C. was killed when the Ford Expedition he was in was hit by a 1992 Ford F-150. Cruz and another man were ejected, and the Expedition was thrown from the roadway and down a 40 foot embankment. The other occupant was taken to MCG where he is in critical condition.

The driver of the F-150 tried to drive away, but the truck made it less than a mile down the road before both the driver and a passenger abandoned it and ran away.

This is the sixth traffic fatality in Aiken County this year.

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