- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A member of a small, South Carolina college’s basketball team is dead after being hit by a vehicle along a rural road.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 22-year-old Rashee Jamal Hodges of Smoaks died early Sunday. Hodges was standing on the side of a two-lane roadway near Hopkins when he was struck. He died from traumatic injuries.

Benedict College sports information director Dennis Switzer confirmed Hodges played basketball at the historically black, liberal arts school in Columbia. Hodges scored three points in 26 minutes of play on Saturday against Kentucky State.

The driver whose vehicle hit Hodges left the scene. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is searching for a gold, four-door, Toyota Camry with major damage to the right front bumper, headlight, and side mirror on the passenger side.

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