Charleston County Councilman and Fort Dorchester High School Assistant Principal Henry Darby resumed his elected duties Thursday, five months after he was struck by a car and suffered a head injury while crossing a street in downtown Charleston.
Darby had previously attended a brief council meeting in order to help vote Councilman Teddie Pryor another term as council chairman, but Thursday marked the first committee meeting he has attended since being injured.
"I sincerely thank everyone for all that you have done for me - the food, the cards and the letters," Darby told fellow council members and county staff Thursday. " It was all very humbling."
Darby, 54, had attended a play at the Dock Street Theatre on Sept. 2 and was walking back to a parking garage when he was struck at a crosswalk while crossing Meeting Street.
"He was thrown up in the air and landed on his head," Pryor said several days after the incident.
Charleston police said in September that Todd B. Kuhl, the then-29-year-old motorist who struck and injured Darby, was charged with failing to yield the right of way, a misdemeanor.
Darby said Thursday that when he returned to school where he works, last week, it was an emotionally overwhelming experience. He has resumed partial duties at the school.
"I'm still having a little difficulty with speech and whatnot, but I'm looking forward to a full recovery," he said.