A bicyclist who died while riding on a Charleston bridge Tuesday was identified as a Charleston physician. Charleston police say 54-year-old Mitchell Hollon of West Ashley was killed after being struck by an AT&T van on the James Island Connector, a bridge running from James Island to the city of Charleston. The van hit Mitchell, tossing him about four stories into the marsh below the bridge. Rescue crews found his body about 40-feet under the marsh about an hour after the search began.
According to reports, the van’s driver, Gregory Rupley, was at fault. Coastal Cyclists President Michael Smalley says this should serve as a eye-opener for bicyclists.
As a cyclist I think it’s critically important that you understand that you have a right to be on the road with other motorists. However, you need to take I guess the first step in terms of being sure that you are taking caution, you’re riding again, being totally cognizant of how dangerous it might be on occasion.
Hollon was an anesthesiologist in Charleston, and also an avid cyclist.