$25k bond set for driver who allegedly hit man leaving 'Skinful' party

Matthew Fisher (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Matthew Fisher (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 31-year-old man is charged with felony DUI after authorities say he hit a man who was walking in the road after the Skinful Halloween party on James Island early Sunday morning.

During bond court Monday, a Charleston County judge set Matthew Fisher's bond at $25,000.

Sheriff's deputies say the Summerville resident was driving near the intersection of Folly and South Grimball Road around 3 a.m. when he struck 25-year-old Beau Froehlich. According to investigators, the suspect then drove to the fire station on Folly Road.

Deputies say they met with the suspect at the fire station and noticed that his speech was slurred, had bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of alcohol.

An incident report states that when the deputy asked the suspect about the collision, the suspect said he did not want to speak about the incident.

After field sobriety tests were done, investigators say the suspect showed signs of impairment and was arrested for felony DUI.  Kenneth Froehlich, the victim's father, said Monday that his son was leaving the Skinful party on foot.

Kenneth Froehlich also said that his son, who was taken to MUSC, is in a coma and said that organizers of the Skinful event should take responsibility for putting people in danger.

"There are two victims in this incident and the worst is my son. Two lives have been changed forever," Froehlich said.

Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said that based on initial statements made to investigators, both Fisher and Froehlich had just left the Skinful event when the collision occurred.

Authorities are continuing to investigate this accident.

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