Navy veteran killed in hit-and-run on SC island, woman charged
By WSAV-TV News
Katie Lynn Byam (left) and Joshua Michael Hebenstreit (Photo from WSAV and Facebook)
HILTON HEAD, SC -
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a suspect in the hit and run that killed pedestrian in Hilton Head Island Friday night has been arrested.
Katie Lynn Byam of Savannah was arrested on Sunday, and charged with Leaving the Scene With Injuries.
A Navy veteran, Joshua Michael Hebenstreit, 28, of Hilton Head Island was killed in the crash Friday night, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the hit and run crash happened on Lagoon Road in Hilton Head Island around 9 p.m.
Hebenstreit was walking along the road when the crash happened.
On Monday, his friends and relatives were mourning his death on social media.
"Josh was hit on Valentine's Day walking home from the grocery store by hit-and-run driver. He was left to die in someone's yard just two houses from home and discovered by two bicyclists," his uncle, Jim Herring, wrote on Facebook.
Hebenstreit, originally from Tennessee, was aboard the USS Enterprise carrier while in the Navy and attended Lakeland College in Japan.
"I cannot believe he is gone. I have had the privilege of serving with him on the big E & he always gave me words of encouragement & always shared his goodies from Tennessee. He will be missed. RIP brother," wrote A.d. Escalanti, who was aboard the USS Enterprise with Hebenstreit.
Before spending time in Japan and serving in the Navy, Hebensteit graduated from Anderson County High School.
" I can't believe this. I am at a loss for words. I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you all. Josh was a great man, who was loved by everyone he met here in Japan," wrote his college roommate in Japan, Albert Young
The accident is still under investigation by the highway patrol.
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