[image-1] Tonight at Cutty’s on Bogard Street, friends and acquaintances will gather to remember the life of Thomas Garrett. Mel, as he was known, was a beloved neighborhood fixture who died after he was struck by a car while riding his bike Monday night near the Crosstown.

A Facebook event created for the evening remembers Mel:

“For those of us lucky enough to have crossed paths with Thomas ‘Mel’ Garrett, his kindness and wisdom have left a profound impact that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. He was a truly selfless, beautiful spirit who brought a smile to the faces of everyone he met, and whose generosity and understanding toward all people we could only hope to emulate.” Proceeds from $5 donations at the door and bar sales will be donated to Garrett’s family to help pay for final expenses. There will be pizza provided and live music from three acts that he enjoyed, including improv by Choich and music by Tickle Switch and Fiasco.

A fundraising page set up for Mel had raised more than $6,900 by Friday morning.

Those who knew Mel are invited to share stories between sets.

A report released by Charleston Police Department notes that officers were dispatched to an accident involving a bike and a car around 10 p.m. Monday Nov. 5 near the intersection of Highway 17 and Hagood Avenue. The driver, Da’Quan Eady of North Charleston, was charged with felony DUI and reckless homicide according to police.

Garrett’s death was the 14th traffic fatality of 2018, according to Charleston Police. Chief Luther Reynolds lamented the losses of life in a statement on Nov. 6 saying, “These are all so preventable and yet so devastating. This is another great loss for our community at large. We can never accept these outcomes.”