Police investigating West Ashley crash that seriously injured cyclist

Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 12:03 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2022 at 1:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A cyclist suffered serious injuries Tuesday night in a crash in West Ashley that shut down part of Highway 61 for several hours, Charleston Police say.

The crash was reported at approximately 10:04 p.m. in the 2200 block of Ashley River Road near Planters Trace Apartments when a vehicle struck a bicyclist as both traveled southbound on the roadway, Sgt. Elisabeth Wolfsen said.

The cyclist’s injuries could be life-threatening, Wolfsen said.

“The driver of the car was not impaired and is cooperating with the investigation,” she said.

Multiple police cars remained on the scene well past midnight and the highway was closed for a short stretch in both directions between Ashley Crossing Lane and Frontage Road.

The Charleston Police Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team was on the scene of the crash.

Police say they have investigated seven fatal accidents in Charleston this year and the number of traffic-related deaths in the city this year stands at eight. That figure is down by nearly half compared to this same time last year, when the death toll was at 14.

Two of those fatalities occurred in crashes involving a pedestrian while one involved a motorcycle.

Tuesday night’s crash remains under investigation and police say no charges have been filed thus far.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the police department’s traffic division at 843-965-4084.