Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says a man is charged with murder after he intentionally drove into an elderly moped rider, left him for dead and took the moped to sell for crack cocaine.
Matthews says it happened Saturday as 67-year-old Alan Robinson was riding along Freeman Road in Bethune.
“They hit him, knocked him off, stole the moped and turned around and drove by him and he was lying on the side of the road and they did not offer him any help,” Matthews says.
“And it was a short time later when some family members who lived nearby just happened to by driving down the road and saw him, called 911 and got him to the Kershaw Hospital.”
But Matthews says Robinson did not survive massive internal injuries.
He initially was thought to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident, but the sheriff says before he died, Robinson told investigators he had heard a vehicle speed up from behind, then his moped was hit and he said he saw two people load the moped into the back of an SUV.
One of the suspects was identified as 32-year-old Willie Starnes (pictured) from Bethune, who was found two days later walking down the road near the scene.
The sheriff says Starnes has not been cooperative in identifying his accomplice.
Starnes has a previous conviction for assault and battery with intent to kill for which he served 10 years in prison.
In that incident, authorities say he and another person robbed and assaulted an elderly woman who died from her injuries.