Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in DUI collision on James Island Connector

VIDEO: Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in DUI collision on James Island Connector

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have identified a pedestrian who was killed in a DUI collision on the James Island Connector early Monday morning.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said 57-year-old Dale Wirth from the Charleston area died at the scene of the incident.

Officers arrested Daniel Brinker who is charged with DUI 1st and leaving the scene of an accident causing death, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said. Investigators said Brinker, who own Dudley’s bar on Ann Street, left the scene of the incident after the collision.

Brinker’s bond was set at $100,000 on Monday afternoon.

In court, Brinker’s attorney noted his longtime connection to the Charleston community.

“We understand the seriousness of the allegations in this case," Joseph Kaiser said. “However a purpose for bond is to ensure my client shows up to court, have no reason to doubt that he would because his ties are so close to Charleston.”

“I’m setting a bond based on your ties to the community, that your attorney and your supporters are here in court today,” Magistrate Amanda Haselden said. “But I do believe a substantial security is necessary to ensure the safety of our community. I’m going to set your bond in the amount of $100,000.”

The judge ordered Brinker to have a breathalyzer installed in his car that won’t allow him to start it if his blood alcohol level exceeds the legal limit. He was also ordered to get an alcohol and drug evaluation if he makes bond.

Police responded to a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian at approximately 1:03 a.m. Monday on the James Island Connector.

Authorities say the driver of a gray BMW struck man in the roadway, fled the scene and called police after he arrived home.

Police met with the driver, who they identified as Brinker, at his home, Francis said.

Charleston County EMS and the Charleston Fire Department also responded to the scene. The police department’s Major Accident Investigation Team was dispatched to the scene at 1:24 a.m., the report states.

Brinker was being held a the Al Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the crash or who may have been a witness is asked to call Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200.

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