An investigation is underway after a Riley Patton, a former Tennessee Tech football player, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in a deadly hit-and-run in South Carolina Saturday.
23-year-old Riley Patton is charged with felony DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death after officials say he struck a truck and pedestrian around 1:00 a.m off Hwy 544 and Cabots Creek Drive near Myrtle Beach.
According to Max Preps, Patton played long snapper, center, and defensive tackle at Halls High School. He graduated in 2015.
SCHP says Patton was driving his 2002 GMC truck eastbound on 544 when he ran into the center median, hitting a 2001 Ford truck in that lane and a pedestrian near the Ford truck.
The Horry County Coroner’s Office says 55-year-old Timothy “Timmy” Shulkcum of Myrtle Beach was hit by the GMC truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says Patton continued driving after the incident before being apprehended at a nearby grocery store.
A spokesperson with Coastal Carolina University confirms Patton is currently enrolled as a student. Patton was listed as a long snapper on the 2019 Coastal Carolina Football roster, but the walk-on graduate transfer played no snaps as a Chanticleer. CCU says Patton no longer has eligibility.
Keenan Williams, an Eastern Washington football player faces hit-and-run charges after crashing his truck into a Cheney apartment building, causing significant damage, then fleeing the scene.
Keenan Williams, 20, is under indefinite suspension from the team following the incident on the night of March 9 at the Eagle Point Apartments on Betz Road.
According to witnesses cited in a Cheney police report, Williams drove his Ford F-250 pickup truck into Building 17 at Eagle Point.
Because no one was injured, Williams faces misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run to unattended property.
At 8 a.m. the next day, Williams, accompanied by his father, turned himself in to police.
Officials at Greystar Property Management of Spokane, which owns Eagle Point, did not respond to messages regarding the extent of the damage, or whether the company plans to sue Williams for the cost of repairs.
At the scene, Cheney fire and police officials estimated that repairs to the building would cost at least $100,000.
Williams, who is from Cheney, is scheduled for a court appearance next week.
Eastern coach Aaron Best has suspended Williams, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end who’s going into his senior year. Williams started all 11 games last year for the Eagles and led all linemen with 55 tackles.
“We are aware of the incident and will cooperate fully with the investigation,” Best said in a statement released Tuesday.
“But until that is complete and the case is reviewed in accordance with EWU’s student conduct policies, Keenan has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” Best said.