Investigation Probes Officer Conduct After Death of Accident Victim in Charleston, SC
CHARLESTON, SC. – According to a news story reported online at wsoctv.com, an investigation is probing the conduct of law enforcement officers and emergency responders after a car accident victim died of his injuries in Charleston, South Carolina. The family of the victim alleges that officers and responders delayed life-saving care following the vehicle crash.*
The accident happened on August 12, 2018, when a 58-year-old man reportedly crashed into another vehicle in Charleston. Police officers who responded to the scene reported that the man had run a red light, and that they found an open bottle of wine in the man’s vehicle. According to the family, one of the police officers signed a form refusing treatment on the man’s behalf.
Rather than being transported to a hospital, the family says, the man was then taken to jail. While in jail, the man’s condition deteriorated, his family says, while officers tried to get him to agree to a blood or breath test. Paramedics came to the jail and eventually transported the man to a hospital.
On August 16, the man died from his accident injuries. An autopsy found that he had sustained eight broken ribs in the crash and internal bleeding. The man’s family members say they want to ensure this does not happen to anyone else.
Due to the allegations from the family that necessary treatment had been delayed, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has opened an investigation into the conduct of the Charleston Police Department. Officials in Charleston County are also investigating the actions of the paramedics involved. At this time, investigators are not commenting on the status of the matter.
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