Coroner's Office identifies bicyclist struck, killed by North Charleston fire truck

A North Charleston firefighter has been placed on administrative leave after the fire truck he was driving rammed a bicyclist on Cross County Road, officials said.

The fatal wreck occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

A 2007 North Charleston fire truck was responding to an emergency call when it struck a bicyclist on the road, Jones said.

Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Bourbeau said the truck was en route to a wreck. The truck's lights and siren were activated when the wreck occurred, she said.

The bicyclist was transported to Medical University Hospital, but he later died from his injuries, Jones said.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the bicyclist as Jihad Abdur-Rahim, 39, of the North Charleston area. He died from blunt force trauma, officials said.

The truck's driver has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, Bourbeau said.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and on behalf of the crew and the entire North Charleston Fire Department, we want to express our sincere condolences to the family of this person," Fire Chief Greg Bulanow said in a news release. "Our hearts go out to them and we are deeply concerned for everyone involved."

The S.C. Highway Patrol is handling the investigation, Jones said.

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