MOUNT PLEASANT -- Police say a 38-year-old Meggett man was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer that struck and killed two motorcyclists Tuesday.
An incident report released Friday said Charles Jason McDonald was driving the vehicle that struck the motorcycles about 11:21 a.m. at U.S. Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard.
Police said James Doucette, 80, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and James Hines, 50, of Yaphank, N.Y., died in the wreck after they were hit from behind while stopped in traffic.
Police have not charged anyone in the wreck. Capt. Stan Gragg and Chief Harry Sewell said the wreck is under investigation and that the case should be submitted to the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office for review next week.
A person at McDonald's home referred a call for comment to his lawyer, Lionel Lofton.
Lofton said he can't answer specific questions about the case, but he said the wreck was an accident. "I don't anticipate criminal charges being filed," he said.
McDonald does not have a criminal history, according to a State Law Enforcement Division records check.
The Post and Courier has requested additional information about the incident daily since reporting it Tuesday on postandcourier.com and Wednesday in the print edition. The town, however, has said none was available.
And on Friday, Gragg initially refused to release a copy of the incident report, saying it was incomplete and unavailable because the accident was under investigation. He also declined to release McDonald's name. He said the newspaper would have access to the information after the solicitor's office had a chance to review it.
A reporter then went to police headquarters and requested a report from a clerk, who provided an incident report that contains a brief description of the wreck and the name of the driver.
Gragg said later that he did not know the report was available and apologized for the misunderstanding. He emphasized that the department never intended to withhold information.
"If I had known it had been turned in," he said, "I would have given it to you."