DUI suspect in fiery Ravenel Bridge wreck released on bond

Published: Dec. 17, 2011 at 2:31 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM EST
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Adam Burnell (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Adam Burnell (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man arrested in connection with a deadly wreck on the Ravenel Bridge early Saturday morning has been released from jail after posting bond Sunday. The Charleston County Coroner's Office also identified the person that was killed in the fiery wreck.

The victim killed in the crash is 32-year-old Quentin Miller of Mt. Pleasant. Charleston police say the accident occurred at 4 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 between the diamonds of the bridge heading toward Mt. Pleasant.

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An investigation revealed that the suspect, 32-year-old Adam Joseph Burnell of Mt. Pleasant, was driving an Audi convertible and rear ended the victim's Mustang. The Mustang started spinning several times, striking the wall between the roadway and the pedestrian path.

Burnell went before a bond court judge Sunday morning where he was given $52,349 surety bond for Felony DUI. Burnell posted bond and was released from the Charleston County Detention Center.

Burnell's attorney says he is an assistant manager at Husk Restaurant and has not prior conviction.

Investigators say when the Mustang was hit, it burst into flames, killing Miller, who was also badly burned in the wreck. Burnell was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Police say the road was shut down because debris covered all northbound lanes on the bridge. The road was reopened at 11:30 a.m.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident," said 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."

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