Beau James Froehlich, the victim in the apparent felony DUI that took place during the closing hours of the annual Skinful Halloween party, has died, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. Matthew Reid Fisher was charged with felony DUI following the accident on October 23.
According to Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement believe that "both individuals had just left the Skinful Halloween event held at 1575 Folly Road, based on initial statements made to investigators on scene" when the accident occurred. The report notes that Fisher "was traveling south on Folly Road when he struck the victim who was walking in the roadway."
When deputies arrived, an officer "spoke with the suspect and observed that his speech was slurred" and "he had bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of a consumed alcoholic beverage about his person."
The sheriff's department incident report also claims that Fisher has a prior DUI from 2002.
Dr. Brian King, the man behind Skinful Halloween, notes that the event had 12 police officers on staff and 33 security guards, including an onsite EMT, who may have been the first person to get to Froehlich following the accident.
"We try everything and then some to be as safe with this as possible, knowing that when doing these things there are risks involved," King says. Taxis and limos were on standby at the event to take people home. A shuttle service also took attendees to designated parking spots.
As far as the future of Skinful is concerned, King says that the event may be moved next year, but no decision has been made. He says that there isn't a location in town that is suitable for the event and moving it out to the country will make it difficult to provide taxi and limo services to party-goers.
According to a News 4 report, the father of the victim, Kenneth Froehlich, has said that organizers of Skinful share the blame for his son's accident.
Maj. Brady indicates that the charges against Fisher will remain unchanged since felony DUI covers both serious bodily injury or death.