Driver charged after bicycle rider killed on Wadmalaw Island

Kiel Park

The driver who fatally struck a bicyclist Tuesday night on Wadmalaw Island wasn’t at fault in the crash but has been charged with driving with a suspended license, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet pickup hit a bicycle on Bears Bluff Road near Polly Point Road, according to sheriff’s Maj. Eric Watson. The bicycle was traveling in the same direction as the pickup and swerved into its path, Watson said, adding speed and alcohol don’t appear to be factors.

Kiel Park, 31, was charged with driving under suspension and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. His address was not immediately available, although previous court records on misdemeanor and traffic offenses list him as a Wadmalaw Island resident.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the bicyclist as John Darrell Jones, 54, of Wadmalaw Island.

This was the sixth bicyclist to be killed in the Lowcountry so far this year.

The other fatalities were on Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston, the Stono Bridge on Johns Island, Orangeburg Road near Dorchester Road, S.C. Highway 162 in Hollywood and Byrne Drive in St. Stephen.

South Carolina ranks among the top states for bike and pedestrian deaths and among the bottom states for spending on bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.