Extra security for Skinful Halloween party after deadly accident

Extra security for Skinful Halloween party after deadly accident

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The organizers of the annual Skinful Halloween party are stepping up security one year after a party goer was killed by an alleged drunk driver.

The victim, 25-year-old Beau Froehlich was crossing Folly Road when he was struck by a car driven by Matthew Fisher.

Investigators said Fisher was driving drunk at the time.

"We filed a lawsuit because Skinful over served Matthew Reid Fisher," said Froehlich family attorney Jody McKnight.

Fisher, facing a felony dui charge, was killed in May of this year while riding his bike on Folly Road.

"What a tragic irony, tragic irony for a lot of people," McKnight said.

Last week, McKnight amended his lawsuit against Skinful organizer Brian King to include the Brickhouse Restaurant and the bartending companies that worked last year's party.

Skinful organizer David Brisacher said this year people who go to the party will notice stepped up security, including 15 sheriffs deputies who will be working the event off duty.

"Skinful does more than any event does to try to make things safe," Brisacher said. "Just patrolling the perimeter on Folly Road. We have over 50 tee shirt security, private security in the venue."

A sheriff's office spokesman said their dui team will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers. No one will be allowed to walk in the road or park on the side of the road. Skinful organizers are encouraging anyone planning to go to the party to take a cab or one of the shuttles that will be running on James Island.

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