Memphis' pain continues

A memorial at the Fire Museum of Memphis pays tribute to the more than 50 city firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty since 1880.

Charleston police on Thursday released copies of the 911 calls received Tuesday about a fatal bicycle wreck on the James Island connector.

Mitchell Hollon, a 54-year-old anesthesiologist, was killed about 8:30 a.m. when his bicycle was struck by a utility van. He was knocked off the bike, over the side of the connector and into the marsh, where his body was later recovered.

The first call 911 was from a woman who said she had seen an AT&T truck hit a person on a bike. She said the person on the bike was flung over the side of the bridge. She also said the AT&T truck had stopped.

The next call was from the driver of the AT&T truck, who said, “I just hit a man on a bicycle and he flipped off the bridge.” The driver, Gregory E. Rupley, 44, of Ashley Hall Road, went on to say, “ ... he swerved out in front of me and I hit him and he went off the bridge.”

Charleston police have said the collision was Rupley’s fault, but no charges had been filed in the case as of Thursday.