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Suspect charged after fatal hit and run collision in West Ashley

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - The Charleston Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a vehicle versus bicyclist collision that left the bicyclist deceased Friday evening. 

The collision took place at approximately 10:44 p.m. on Saint Andrews Boulevard near the intersection of Saint Denis Drive, according to Public Information Officer Charles Francis.

The news release stated that the 2013 GMC pickup truck was traveling north on SC-61 when it entered the designated bicycle lane and struck a 63-year-old bicyclist.  The bicyclist was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina where he succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities stated that the driver of the GMC pickup truck fled the scene of the collision.  

His vehicle was observed traveling on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard near Poston Road and a traffic stop was initiated. Fresh damage was observed on the vehicle and the driver admitted that he had just been involved in a collision with a bicyclist.

The driver, Brannon Giles of Charleston, was arrested and charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Death, Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Death, and Reckless Homicide. 

Giles is being housed at the Charleston County Detention Center pending a bond hearing on March 16, 2019.

Public Information Officer Charles Francis stated that the bicyclist was traveling within the designated bicycle lane when an impaired driver left his travel lane and entered the bicycle lane resulting in the death of the bicyclist.  

This is the fifth traffic fatality investigated by the Charleston Police Department in 2019 and the second involving a bicyclist.  

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