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Rincon man charged for fatal hit-and-run
Ethan Pringle was a native and lifelong resident of Liberty County, set to graduate with an English degree from Armstrong State University in December. - photo by Photo provided.

The man allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run death of Midway resident Ethan Pringle, 26, has been arrested, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.

According to a release issued from Southern’s Troop Six Patrol Office, Robert G. Collum, III of Rincon, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Around 5:20 a.m. Saturday morning Pringle was walking southbound along U.S. Highway 17 near the South Carolina / Georgia state line when he was struck by a vehicle, also heading southbound.

The driver fled the scene.

Pringle was taken to Memorial Health Hospital in Savannah. According to Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls III, Pringle had sustained severe injuries and had undergone some surgery but eventually died from severe blunt force trauma roughly five hours after the incident.

South Carolina Highway Patrol had issued a be-on-the-lookout- for the suspected vehicle which was described as a dark colored 2014-2016 Chevrolet Impala with damage to the front windshield, driver’s side mirror and left front bumper or front end.

According to the release the arrest was made possible when a member of the public contacted the Highway Patrol after seeing a description of the vehicle through a local media outlet. The 2015 Chevy Impala that Collum was operating was recovered and Collum arrested.

Collum was transported to the Jasper County Detention Center. He was set to appear in court Tuesday morning for a bond hearing.

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