Attorney: Driver was not using cell phone in deadly JI connector accident

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Attorney David Aylor says that the driver of a van was not using a cell phone at the time of an accident that killed a man on the James Island connector.

Aylor said in a statement released Thursday morning, that his client, Greg Rupley, is fully cooperating with police and gave his cell phone to investigators. Police announced Wednesday evening that they have charged Rupley with improper lane usage in connection with the fatal July 5 accident that took the life of Mitchell Hollon.

According to Aylor, investigators have ruled out the use of a cell phone or texting by Rupley at the time of the accident. When reached for comment, an official with the Charleston City Police traffic division says they have not ruled out that Rupley was using a cell phone at the time of the accident.

Aylor told Live 5 News Thursday evening that the charge his client is currently facing does not reflect any evidence to indicate Rupley was texting or on the phone at the time.

Charles Francis with the Charleston Police Department announced that it was after careful consideration of all evidence and facts, that investigators charged Rupley with improper lane usage. Investigators consulted with the Solicitors Office regarding the charge.

A Charleston police accident report states that a van Rupley was driving drifted into a bike lane striking bicyclist Mitchell Hollon who then fell over the connector.

Authorities found Hollon in the marsh below the connector. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says Hollon died from full blunt trauma.

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