Rik Cribb survives hit-and-run

Shortly after returning from Afghanistan, the local musician suffers a nasty blow

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Rik Cribb, on stage at Buddy Roes in May
Charleston-based singer/songwriter and bandleader Rik Cribb survived a harrowing experience on the night of May 27. Cribb, an East Cooper native, has worked on-and-off over the last three years as a technician for the Science Applications International Corporation at various military bases Afghanistan. He made it back home last month, injury-free. Unfortunately, while attempting to retrieve personal items along Ben Sawyer Boulevard (near Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack), Cribb was struck by an automobile approaching from Sullivan’s Island. The driver failed to stop after the collision.

Cribb suffered lacerations near his eye, a broken thumb, a fracture to his lower spine, and other injuries. He and spent three days in recovery at MUSC before returning home on May 30. According to a police incident report, officers were able to spot the alleged driver on Rifle Range Road and a chase ensued along Chuck Dawley Boulevard and Bowman Road. The driver crashed and abandoned the vehicle in the Hickory Shadows neighborhood. The case is under investigation. Cribb and his long-running band the Problems recently kicked off a series of Friday night gigs at Buddy Roe’s, but it will likely be months before he’ll be able to perform on stage again.

Cribb has posted a updates and recent photos on his Facebook page. Visit rikcribb.com for more.

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