Victim of fiery crash on Ravenel Bridge remembered

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On the roof top of Henry's House, a bar on Market Street in downtown Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge is visible on the horizon.  Bartender Angelo Capizzano says the bridge must have looked much different from the roof early Saturday morning when a fiery crash took the life of one of his co-workers, 32-year-old Quentin Miller.

"Two days before he passed," Miller recalls. "There wasn't a point where he didn't have a smile on his face."

Capizzano says he saw Miller having fun with friends at Henry's Thursday night. On Friday night, just hours before his death, Miller was working beside him.

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"Basically the approach we tried to take is to look at it in a good light," says Capizzano. "Talk about the situation, talk about the accident, talk about the good times you had and laugh about them. All in his honor."

Capizzano says Miller left Henry's right after his shift ended between three and four o'clock Saturday morning heading home to Mt. Pleasant.

But Miller never made it home.

The City of Charleston Police Department says Miller was rear ended by 32-year-old Adam Burnell on the Ravenel Bridge causing Miller's Mustang to spin, slam into the pedestrian wall and catch fire with Miller inside.

The coroner says Miller died at the scene from bad burns in the car fire.

"He loved his mustang," says Capizzano. "Him and his dad and his brother used to restore some of the first ones that came out. He loved to talk about that."

Burnell, who police say hit Miller, is charged with felony DUI and has since been released on bond from the Charleston County Detention Center.

"He was just a great, fun loving kid," Capizzano says of Miller. "He'll be deeply missed."

A friend of Miller's says he worked at Henry's over the weekend and was also a bartender at King Street Grille on James Island.

Burnell went before a bond court judge Sunday morning where he was given a $52,349 surety bond for felony DUI. Burnell posted bond and was released hours later.

Burnell's attorney says his client is an assistant manager at Husk Restaurant downtown and has no prior convictions on his record.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident," says the President of the Neighborhood Dining Group, David Howard, who owns Husk and two other Charleston restaurants. "The specific events are currently under investigation and we are unable to comment at this time. Our hearts go out to the families of those involved."

Camille Key, a mutual friend of both Burnell and Miller says,"It will be tough for everyone."

Key says there will be no end to the pain that will be felt throughout the downtown community for both men.

"My heart also goes out to Adam because he's going to have to live with this," she said.
"It could have been anybody."

Henry's is taking donations for Miller's family and Camille Key is setting up a fundraiser for Miller's girlfriend of seven years that she says will take place sometime after the New Year.

Miller's funeral is set for this Thursday where family will be receiving friends at the Sunset Funeral Home.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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