Gregory Rupley, 44, of Ashley Hall Road, was charged with improper lane usage in the accident that killed anesthesiologist Mitchell Hollon July 5 on the James Island connector. Rupley reportedly drifted into the breakdown lane, where he struck Hollon from behind. The morning rush hour collision sent Hollon over the wall of the westbound lane, 40 feet to the marsh below.
Rupley, driver of an AT&T work van that struck and killed the bicyclist, has settled his $113 traffic fine and will not be in court tomorrow as scheduled.
Rupley’s attorney, David Aylor of Charleston, said the fee was paid earlier which eliminated the need for the driver to appear in Charleston Municipal Court. Aylor also said his client has returned to work but remains devastated by what happened that day.
The legal procedure is commonly known as “forfeiting a bond” to settle the ticket. Forfeiting the bond also means Rupley is not formally admitting guilt.
Police said the improper lane usage charge against Rupley was the closest applicable under state law involving a car-versus-bike accident. Section 56-5-1900 of the state code states, “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”