Charges filed in Charleston biker's death

A Charleston County man has been charged in a wreck that killed a bicycle rider on a James Island bridge earlier this month. / WCIV

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A charge has been filed against the driver of a van involved in a deadly accident on the James Island connector.

After consultation with the Ninth Circuit solicitor's office, the Charleston Police Department has charged Gregory E. Rupley with improper lane usage.

Dr. Mitchell Hollon, 54, was killed Tuesday, July 5th after police say Rupley swerved into the shoulder of the road and knocked him over the side of the bridge.

Rupley's attorney, David Aylor, said his client is very saddened by the death of Dr. Hollon and has been cooperative with the investigation into Hollon's death.

"Mr. Rupley has fully cooperated with police and provided his cell phone, computer and any information requested by police officers," Aylor said.

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Aylor said the use of cell phone or texting as a cause of the accident was ruled out at the scene.

Rupley is expected to appear in municipal traffic court September 1, 2011.

(This story courtesy WCIV and