A Loris man faces a new charge of hit and run in accident with death six days after a collision involving a Myrtle Beach bicyclist.
James Junior Littles, 56, of the 1500 block of King Crest Drive, was formally charged Tuesday evening. His bond information was unavailable as of this posting.
The victim was identified in a July 10 police report as Jimmy Ray Westmoreland, 75. The report said police found the victim lying face down in the middle of northbound Ocean Boulevard.
Witnesses said the victim was riding his bicycle in the northbound lane when the suspect's vehicle pulled out in front of him.
They said as a result of the suspect pulling out, the victim lost control of his bike, struck the curb and turned over his handle bars into the roadway.
Littles had been charged with hit and run with great bodily injury, failure to yield right of way on left turn and driving under suspension, according to police records.
The incident was reported at about 8:35 a.m. It involved a bicyclist riding in the 5500 block of Ocean Boulevard.
A call for service report said there was one person lying in the roadway. City police have said a second vehicle was involved in the accident.
The specific nature of the bicyclist's injuries were not known, but the report said it was a "Level 1" case, which typically means severe injuries.
According to the report, the victim was not breathing and didn't have a pulse. EMS workers revived him at the scene.
The bicyclist was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment. He died six days later, according to police records.
Police spokesman Capt. David Knipes said the vehicle was located later in the day in Loris.
Horry County police spokesman Lt. Robert Kegler said the vehicle was found on King Crest Drive at about 9:15 a.m.
Myrtle Beach investigators questioned the suspect, who admitted to pulling out in front of the victim. He said he left the scene because his driver's license was suspended, the report said.