Citadel grad struck, killed while walking on I-26

Published: Nov. 9, 2014 at 6:30 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM EST
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Carson Neymoss (source: Facebook)
Carson Neymoss (source: Facebook)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a 34-year-old man was driving under the influence when he fatally struck recent Citadel graduate, Carson Neymoss. He was walking along I-26 Sunday morning.

Allen Lee Gilliam, Jr. has been charged with felony DUI. Gilliam was taken to MUSC with non-life threatening injuries.

The officer working the case says Gilliam went through surgery Monday, and will not have a bond hearing until he is capable. The officer did not know the extent of Gilliam's injuries.

Dr. DuBose Kapeluck, Neymoss' former professor said, "It was very shocking to find out that he died."

Kapeluck and fellow professors were among the many mourning the loss of their former student.

"He was a very energetic, lively, by all accounts a funny cadet," said Kapeluck.

Kapeluck taught the 23-year-old for two semesters last year.

"I taught him political science and American politics," said Kapeluck.

Kapeluck says everyone has been talking about it in his department.

"Everybody enjoyed having him as a student. He's just a good natured guy. You could tell that he got along well with his classmates. I think he was a popular student in his class. It was tragic to lose Mr. Neymoss at such a young age," said Kapeluck.

According to Charleston police, the accident happened Sunday around 12:40 a.m. 23-year-old Carson Neymoss was walking in the emergency lane along I-26 westbound just before the exits to the Ravenel Bridge. A vehicle turned on its emergency flashers, stopped on the shoulder of the road beside him to ask if he needed help.

Police say it was at that time that Gilliam drove up behind the stopped vehicle and swerved to avoid an accident. Gilliam missed the vehicle, but hit Neymoss, throwing him over the guard rail.

Neymoss was pronounced dead at the scene. Charleston police are still working to find out why Neymoss was walking along the interstate.

"We're all going to miss him here," said Kapeluck.

A portion of the interstate heading west was shut down for over two hours while crews responded to the incident.

Neymoss graduated from The Citadel in May 2014. He was a political science major, according to a spokesperson with the military college.

Kapeluck says Neymoss had one of those personalities hard to forget, and that's the best way he should be remembered.

"He was great student, he was smart, he was bright. I think he was going places for sure," said Kapeluck.

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