1 child is released, three remain in hospital after hit-and-run

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run that sent four children under the age of 15 to the hospital late Saturday night in Sangaree.

The identities of the children are 14-year-old Dorothy Jackson, 10-year-old Sydney Hopkins, 13-year-old Evan Hopkins, and 10-year-old Harleigh Eury.

According to Jackson, the children were at the Hopkins' home on Paddock Way and went outside across the street to access wi-fi around 11:30 p.m. That's when a driver of a silver Ford Taurus struck all four children and sped off.

Jackson confirmed that Sydney Hopkins has been released from the hospital. A spokesperson for MUSC has confirmed the other children are now in good condition.

A neighbor, James Vawter, says his daughter heard the accident and ran to get him where he saw a parent's worst nightmare.

"They were on the floor moaning, groaning crying just in really bad shape," he said.

The speed limit on the street is 20 MPH. Even though Vawter says many drivers don't follow the speed limit, he never thought something like this would happen.

"It was horrifying," he said. "I just looked at my girl and said a prayer."