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Posted on: May 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Charleston Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

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Charleston Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard      


Charleston, S.C. - The Charleston Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating a fatal collision involving two motor vehicles that occurred on May 6th, 2023, at 4:50 pm on the 1400 block of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.


A motor vehicle was traveling southbound on Sam Rittenberg Blvd (SC-7) when it crossed into the opposing lanes of travel, striking a northbound vehicle. The male driver of the southbound vehicle was ejected and pronounced deceased on the scene. CPD patrol officers, along with the Saint Andrews Fire Department and Charleston County EMS, responded to the scene. The two occupants of the northbound vehicle were transported to MUSC with significant injuries. 

MAIT investigators closed Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in both directions between Charlestowne Drive and Amberly Road while they completed their investigation. The roadway was reopened at 9:30 pm. 

This fatal collision remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the deceased. 

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation is asked to contact the Charleston Police Department Traffic Unit at (843)965-4084. 

This fatal collision is the eighth (8th) fatal collision investigated by the Charleston Police Department in 2023.


Fatal Traffic Collision Breakdown Year-to-Date:

  • Vehicle versus Pedestrian – 4
  • Vehicle versus Vehicle – 2
  • Single Motorcycle - 2

CPD investigated four (4) traffic-related fatalities at this time in 2022.

Committed to Truth, Transparency, and Timeliness Lt. C. Taylor ● Sgt. E. Wolfsen ● Insp. Michael Gillooly ● Sgt. L. Mixon ● Sgt. C. DuBose Facebook: Charleston Police Department ● Twitter: @charlestonpd ● Instagram: @charlestonpolicedepartment

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