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.
According to Tech athletics spokesman Matt Dowdy, the school will have no further comment on Shorts’ dismissal at this time.
Shorts was one of four Tech football players arrested back in March following an altercation with law enforcement outside of Bash Riprocks Nightclub in Lubbock.
The four players were suspended by Coach Kingsbury, only to be brought back to the team a few days later.
Shorts was booked into Lubbock County Detention Center at 3:41 p.m. today, according to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. His charges have not been made public yet.
Matthew Kenty, 18, is charged with one count of patronizing prostitution, a Class B felony, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced on Thursday. Kenty was on the Ramsay High School Rams’ 2016 Class 6A state championship football team and is listed on the roster at Tennessee Tech.
The operation took place in Tennessee’s Putman County and was carried out by the TBI, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, according to a press release. The initiative targeted individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.