Crime & Courts

Suspect sought in Upstate fatal hit-and-run

A 40-year-old woman who had been to a barbecue hours earlier died after being hit by a vehicle early Tuesday morning on White Horse Road in a hit-and-run case, authorities said.

Melissa Kimberlin of 3201 White Horse Road, Greenville, was pronounced dead at the scene about 1 a.m, said Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill.

He said she had walked across three lanes of traffic when she was struck.

Dill said the driver didn’t stop and is being sought by the state Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne, a trooper spokesman, said authorities are searching for a vehicle described as an older model Nissan with a spoiler, possibly maroon in color.

The vehicle may have damage to its front end and under carriage, he said.

Kimberlin is survived by a son, her mother and father, all of whom live out of state, Dill said.

He called the incident a “fatal hit-and-run.”

Anyone with information about either crash can call (864) 241-1000 or 1-888-768-1503. Tips can be texted to