A cyclist traveling over the Ashley River Bridge late Friday was killed after being hit by a vehicle traveling toward downtown Charleston.
The incident occurred at about 11:50 p.m. Friday night, when a Honda Accord driving on the northbound Ashley River Bridge struck an adult cyclist traveling in the lane of traffic. The cyclist was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police.
Charleston Police Department said in a Saturday-morning press release that no charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing. On Sunday, the Charleston County Coroner’s office identified 23-year-old Chad Johnson of Texas as the deceased.
The incident is the 10th fatal traffic collision this year, police said.
“This is a tragic reminder for drivers and pedestrians to share the responsibility of being alert and aware of your surroundings, and for all pedestrians and bicyclists to utilize safe and legal practice when traveling the roadways,” police said in a press release.
Two Ashley River Bridges carry traffic on separate north and southbound spans along Highway 17 traveling toward and away from downtown Charleston. The outbound bridge has a small sidewalk, but the inbound bridge, where Friday’s incident occurred, does not. Federal funding has been allocated to build a third bridge dedicated for bike and pedestrian traffic across the Ashley River in the coming years.
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