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Authorities still searching for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run

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Robert Soland III and his wife Michele (Source: Facebook) Robert Soland III and his wife Michele (Source: Facebook)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It's been over a week and state troopers are still investigating who was involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Richland County.

They're looking for a blue SUV they believe hit and killed Robert Soland III of Chapin.

Investigators believe the vehicle is likely missing its rear center plastic hitch area cover.

Troopers say Soland III fell off of his motorcycle after losing control on Broad River Road on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Troopers say the SUV struck Soland III and kept going.

Soland III was a Navy SEAL and an avid biker, who friends say, loved everyone.

All they want now is some answers.   

Michele Soland loves her husband.

"We've been together for 10 years," says Soland.

Ask her to describe him, and she'll say, "one-of-a-kind."

"He was gruff on the outside and a lot of people did not know how to take him, but he was a very underneath, caring person," says Soland.

Bobby, as his friends called him, started riding bikes when he was a kid.

"He's been riding since he was like, 10-years-old," says Soland.

Michele never dreamed that the weekend before Christmas would be his last ride.

"Highway patrol came to my house and when I went to the door I was just like where's he at," says Soland."I lost it. I fell back into my house, into the couch, and then they told me it was a hit-and-run."

When Bobby's biker family found out, they knew they had to do something. They put together a fundraiser for Sunday, Dec. 29. It will start at Pam's Front Porch on Parkland Road in Columbia. The proceeds will go to Michele.

"He would be embarrassed. He would be, y'all ain't doing this for me," says Soland, with a laugh.

The person who hit Bobby hasn't come forward and family and friends want answers.

"The person that did it and took off, they need to come and come forward. Man up," says Soland.

For now, Michele and her biker family will celebrate Bobby's memory and hopes closure comes soon.

Registration for the fundraiser starts at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pam's Front Porch.

Everyone is welcome. It costs $10 per rider, or $15 for couples.

If you have any information on the hit-and-run, you are urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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