Williston mother killed in hit-and-run

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

March 18, 2007

ORANGEBURG CTY, S.C.---A Williston woman was killed in a hit-and-run in Orangeburg County, and now her family is asking for help to find the driver who fled.

The accident happened yesterday morning on Highway 4 outside of Springfield, South Carolina.

49-year-old Rosezena Robinson was walking when she was hit and killed.

News 12 spoke with the victim's family today as they searched the scene for answers.

A son is heartbroken and looking for answers after his mother was hit by a car and thrown into a ditch yesterday morning.

"She was the best mom," 19-year-old Dexter Gleaton told News 12. "She was like a best friend to me. I could tell her anything."

But Dexter won't ever have the chance to tell his mother anything ever again. Rosezena Robinson was walking down Highway 4 towards the town of Springfield when she was hit at around 6:20 in the morning.

Dexter says he will never forget the scene he drove up on.

"When I got and parked the truck, I was running because I thought she was in the ambulance, and as I was running I saw her laying in the ditch, and I just fall out. And I just started crying, because I just knew that was my mom in the ditch and I just couldn't believe it."

A loving mother and grandmother with an infectious smile, left to die on the side of the road alone.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol immediately began their investigation, searching for clues and marking the road and the grass where the driver apparently made a U-turn.

The family says all they know is the vehicle that killed Rosezena left behind some blue tinted glass.

"I'm sad that I lost my mother, but I'm angry at the person who hit my mother, because they could have come forth," Dexter said.

In a split second, that driver changed a family forever...and now Rosezena's baby boy is going to work to honor her memory at his upcoming high school graduation.

"It hurts me that my mom is not going to be there," Dexter said. "She always said that would make her proud if I graduated and do better for myself, and I'm going to keep that promise."

The highway patrol was at the scene again this afternoon collecting evidence.

An autopsy was scheduled for today. No word on what was found.

Anyone with information on this accident is urged to call the highway patrol at 1-800-768-1507.


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