UPDATE: Family left in shambles after 15-year-old dies in hit-and-run; troopers still searching for driver

By: Chad Mills, Sheli Muniz Email
By: Chad Mills, Sheli Muniz Email
South Carolina troopers are looking for the driver involved in an accident in Williston Friday night. South Carolina Highway Patrol says the vehicle of interest has been identified as a blue 2002 to 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche.

South Carolina Highway Patrol says 15-year-old Malcolm Robinson's body was found around 10 p.m. Friday after a truck struck and killed him. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 8, 2011)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011

WILLISTON, S.C. -- It's a cry for help from a broken family.

"If somebody out there knows what happened, please come forward. Tell us what happened," said Janice Anderson, the step-grandmother of Malcolm Robinson.

She and other family members received the dreaded call Friday night.

"His granddaddy called me, and he was like, 'Malcolm -- Malcolm's dead," said Wendell Smith, Malcolm's stepfather.

Spray paint markings along Highway 39 are all of what's left from Friday night. South Carolina Highway Patrol says 15-year-old Malcolm Robinson of Williston was riding his bicycle in the northbound lane of Highway 39 about five miles north of Williston Friday night. His body was found around 10 p.m. after a truck struck and killed him, they say.

"He meant everything to me. Everything I asked that child to do, he did it," Anderson said.

There were plenty of tears at their home Saturday, but there was a fair share of anger, too. Troopers are still looking for the driver who hit and killed Malcolm.

"They didn't have to leave the poor fella on the side of the road like that," Anderson said. "I just want justice."

The Barnwell County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are still investigating. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday. Troopers are actively searching for the driver.

Their vehicle of interest is a 2002-2006 blue Chevrolet Avalanche. They say the vehicle has damage on the front and/or right side.

Meanwhile, Smith hopes guilt will get to the driver.

"I know if they had a kid, they'd want to know what happened to him," he said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says if you have any information about the hit-and-run case to call them at (803) 385-3107 or at 1-800-768-1504. You can also call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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