In yesterday's Post and Courier, your Charleston personal injury attorneys came across a report detailing a tractor-trailer accident in North Charleston that killed a motorcyclist, and resulted in the arrest of the truck driver for reckless homicide. Police say the 47-year-old truck driver pulled out in front of the motorcyclist on Remount Road west of Virginia Avenue. The fatal accident was reported at about 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.
After the collision the 44-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Medical University Hospital in critical condition, but according to the Charleston County Deputy Coroner, the 44-year-old died at the hospital from the serious injuries sustained in the accident. According to reports, the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
Under the South Carolina Code of Laws, if a driver "does any act forbidden by law in the driving of a motor vehicle, which proximately causes the death of another person," then that driver is "guilty of the misdemeanor offense of vehicular homicide." The truck driver in the accident appeared in bond court yesterday and his bond was set at $50,000 by a Charleston County magistrate. If convicted the truck driver faces a fine of up to $5,000, a 10-year prison sentence, and a five-year suspension of his driver's license.