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York County woman, 55, killed on scooter in hit and run; suspect caught, police say

A York County woman was killed Monday when a driver struck her while she was riding on her motorized scooter south of Rock Hill, officials said.

Tuesday, police arrested the man authorities believe was the driver in the hit and run.

Betty Jean Johnson, 55, died at the scene of the crash on S.C. 324 near the intersection of Holland Road, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Stanley Dale York County Sheriff’s Office deputies and S.C. Highway Patrol troopers charged Stanley Dale Hancock, 43, of Rock Hill with hit and run resulting in death, according to police and jail records.

The crash happened around 9:05 a.m. Monday close to the Bethesda community, said Master Trooper Gary Miller of S.C. Highway Patrol.

Johnson was traveling south on the highway, south of McConnells, when she was hit from behind by a blue SUV, Miller said. The SUV, believed to be a Dodge Journey, left the scene after the collision, Miller said.

S.C. Department of Public Safety issued a release on Twitter late Monday asking for the public’s help in finding the SUV.

Hancock was taken into custody on Garvin Road in western York County, police said.

Hancock is in the York County jail, records show. Hancock could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of hit and run resulting in death, under South Carolina law.

The coroner’s office and the highway patrol Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating the fatality.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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