Folly Road bike fatality: Victim 'swerving in and out' of bike lane before accident 

Sheriff's Office releases accident report

According to a Charleston County Sheriff's Office accident report released today, Matthew Reid Fisher was "swerving in and out the bicycle lane" on Folly Road before he was struck by a car and killed May 10.

Today's brief report added a few new details, chief among them a claim that the driver of the car that initially made contact with Fisher slowed down behind the cyclist and waited for oncoming traffic to pass before attempting to pass Fisher. The report notes that the driver of the car "gave the bicycle extra room by using part of the oncoming lane." As the car passed, Fisher then allegedly swerved into the passenger door, which caused him to lose control. Fisher than reportedly crashed his bike in front of another car, the driver of which apparently slammed on the brakes before striking the cyclist.

Yesterday, the City Paper reported that a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division toxicology report indicated that Fisher was under the legal limit for drunk driving following the Oct. 23 accident that took the life of a Skinful Halloween attendee.

On Oct. 23, a car driven by Fisher allegedly hit a pedestrian, Beau James Froehlich, a partygoer who was apparently crossing Folly Road. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office notes that Froehlich was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the accident.

When deputies arrived at the scene of the October accident, an officer observed that Fisher's speech was slurred, he had bloodshot eyes, and he smelled of alcohol. Fisher was charged with felony DUI following the accident.

Fisher's blood alcohol level at the time of the blood test was 0.07, or 0.01 below the legal limit of 0.08. However, the blood test revealed that he had THC metabolites in his system. THC is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

According to NORML, blood tests can often tell if an individual is under the influence of THC. In South Carolina, it is against the law to drive while impaired by THC.

This past Friday night, the Sheriff's Office stepped up traffic enforcement efforts along Folly Road, making three DUI arrests and issuing 81 citations and 24 written warnings.


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