Body found in river near Don Holt Bridge identified as missing tow truck driver

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The body of William Ellis, the tow truck driver that was knocked off of the Don Holt bridge following a traffic accident on Wednesday, has been located in the Cooper River near the scene of the accident, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was located in Berkeley County’s jurisdiction.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Ellis was stopped to assist a disabled vehicle when a driver struck him and a CCSO deputy who had stopped to assist. The deputy was seriously injured and remains in the hospital. Ellis was unaccounted for, leading first responders to believe he went over the side of the bridge.

The Coast Guard headed the search on Wednesday, assisted by Marine Patrol units and a CCSO helicopter. The search resumed on Thursday.

The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office identified the body.

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include the identity of the tow truck driver.

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