Driver identified in deadly crash along Sam Rittenberg Blvd. early Friday morning

Charleston County News

UPDATE – AUGUST 8, 2021 | 9:20 AM – CPD identifies John Nelson, 29, of North Charleston as the victim in the crash that occurred early Friday morning.

According to officials, at 5:08 A.M. Nelson died at MUSC from sustained blunt force injuries.

CPD continues to investigate.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – One person has died after colliding into a utility pole early Friday morning in West Ashley.

Officers with the Charleston Police Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. near Poston Road around 4:15 a.m.

Police say the driver of a Toyota Avalon was traveling south on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. when the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The driver, who was the only person inside the car, was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina where they died.

Traffic was impacted in the area during the morning commute. Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call consolidated dispatch at 843-743-7200.

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