To help

Donations to help with Nick Collins’ medical bills can be made to an account called NACWins at any South Carolina Bank and Trust branch.

The truck driver who ran over local musician Nick Collins after he was ejected from an SUV on Interstate 526 last summer won’t be charged, Charleston police said Tuesday.

But that doesn’t mean the truck driver is off the hook, according to Collins’ attorney, Jack Sinclaire.

Charleston police determined that the truck driver, William German, 51, of Mount Pleasant did not violate any traffic laws, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Sinclaire said he will continue to investigate the circumstances for a possible civil suit. The goal would be to try to get some money to help pay Collins’ medical bills, he said.

Sinclaire said he had no problem with police not charging German, but that doesn’t rule out civil action.

Collins was ejected from a sport utility vehicle driven by a friend on I-526 near Daniel Island about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 4. A truck ran over his legs and kept going. He was hospitalized in critical condition and lost his left leg below the knee.

Collins played again with his band, Fowler’s Mustache, Saturday for the first time since the accident. Collins sat in a wheelchair, and all the other band members also played sitting down.

He was at Wild Wings in Mount Pleasant celebrating his 27th birthday.

“He was very excited,” said his father, Nick Collins Jr., a former Mount Pleasant council member who’s on the town’s planning commission. “His goal was to be out of the hospital on his birthday.”

He got out of the hospital Jan. 21, after 22 operations and 702 pints of blood. “He’s getting stronger every day,” his father said.

After the accident, Collins’ family offered a $10,000 reward to anybody who identified the truck driver. Sinclaire said two investigators tracked him down by stationing themselves along I-526 near the accident scene and reporting possible leads to police. Police checked out the best leads, and the truck turned out to belong to a subcontractor that hauled mail from North Charleston to Mount Pleasant, Sinclaire said. He said he has no plans to collect the reward.

Collins’ family also filed a civil suit last summer against the man driving the SUV that wrecked. The goal was to get help with the medical bills, and that suit has been settled, Sinclaire said.

Christina Elmore contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.