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2 People Killed in Hit & Run Accidents in Aiken County. Can You Help Solve Them?


Authorities are looking for suspects in two deadly hit & run accidents from overnight in Aiken County.

In the first, victim Irma Soto of Aiken and her fiancé were on Edgefield Highway, moving an item out of the road that had fallen off their truck.  A southbound sedan struck the victim and continued traveling southward without stopping, Coroner Darry Ables said.

Soto, 48, sustained blunt force injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, the coroner said. (Got a photo of Irma Soto. Please text it to 803-487-3224.)

In the second incident, victim Christopher Bovian of Augusta was walking southward on Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta on the shoulder of the road. Suddenly, a southbound vehicle struck the victim and kept going.

Bovian was pronounced dead on the scene from blunt force injuries at 1:25 a.m. Saturday, the coroner said.  If you have any information pertaining to the suspect or suspect vehicle please contact the Public Safety Traffic Division @ 803-279-2121

In the first case, the S.C. Highway Patrol has released a poster seeking information. Here it is:


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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