Suspect accused of hiding evidence

Hit-and-run suspect Collin Vincent Kentrus told authorities he hit a deer.

SUMMERVILLE — A suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision that left a bicyclist dead told investigators that he had hit a deer, and is accused of trying to paint his car to cover up the crime, authorities said.

Collin Vincent Kentrus, 19, of Summerville was being held at the Dorchester County jail Tuesday night.

He is charged with leaving the scene of a collision involving death, and his bond was set at $200,000.

The body of Samuel R. Cox Jr., 60, of Summerville was found Monday morning in a ditch along S.C. Highway 165 near Dorchester Road. Between 10 and 11 p.m. Sunday, a witness noticed a bicycle in the ditch but didn't see anything else. On Monday morning, a different witness noticed a body in the ditch and called 911.

On Monday night, Kentrus went to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and reported that he had hit a deer, but evidence on his red Toyota indicated it was involved in the fatal crash, S.C Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bob Beres said.

Kentrus, a pizza restaurant employee, is accused of trying to conceal evidence by painting portions of the car, authorities said.

He faces as much as 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the leaving-the-scene charge, Beres said.