R.I.P. Brett Maynard (THURS. UPDATE)

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I just found out the sad news about Chef Brett Maynard dying in a car crash on Saturday night. The Post and Courier reported the details of the crash. So tragic. He was a talented chef who helmed the kitchen at Fulton Five for many years and most recently worked at 39 Rue de Jean. His wife Jill Maynard has long been part of the Maverick Southern Kitchens family, working as general manager at High Cotton. She was driving their car and injured in the wreck, but is expected to recover.

Apparently, a drunk driver was driving the WRONG WAY on the James Island Connector and crashed into their vehicle head on.

WED. UPDATE: Dick Elliott, Jill Maynard's employer at Maverick Southern Kitchens, sent out an email yesterday to concerned friends and acquaintances about Jill's condition and services for Brett.

Update 12-2-08 from Dick Elliott:

Thanks to all for your kind words, loving support, and warm wishes.  These have been relayed to Jill and the Maynard Family.

Jill continues to recover from Sunday's surgery on both ankles. Her doctors forecast a return to full activity following a lengthy recovery.

A memorial service will be held for Brett on Wednesday, December 17th, which would have been Brett's 37th birthday. The service will begin at 3:00 pm at Stuhr's Funeral Home, located at 232 Calhoun Street. A private family burial will follow at a later date.

You may visit http://www.jhenrystuhr.com/ to leave messages for the family, get contact information for flowers, see directions to the funeral home, etc.

The "Brett Maynard Foundation" is being established — we will send out information about it as soon as it is available (this information will also be posted on Stuhr's website).

Again, thank you to everyone for your love, support, and sympathy.  Please continue to keep Jill and the Maynard Family in your thoughts during the long road ahead.

THURSDAY UPDATE: The Post and Courier reports this morning that the driver of the car that crashed into the Maynards has also been charged with child endangerment because her 3-year-old son who was riding in the backseat was also injured.

Dick Elliott from Maverick sent out another update yesterday afternoon:

We are happy to report that Jill has been discharged from the hospital and has returned to her home! Her mother will be staying with her for the next month or so, as Jill continues to heal and rehabilitate.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers or other materials, donations be made to:

Trident Technical College Foundation

Brett Maynard Scholarship Fund

PO Box 61227

Charleston, SC  29419

And, as a reminder, a memorial service for Brett is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 3:00 pm at Stuhr's Funeral Home at 232 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.

While grateful for and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of love and support, the family asks that visits be kept to a minimum during Jill's arduous recovery process. Any cards, letters, packages, etc., may be sent to either address below and regular deliveries will be made to Jill's home.

Your continuing thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

High Cotton

Attn:  Jill Maynard - Personal

199 East Bay Street

Charleston, SC  29401

39 Rue de Jean

Attn:  The Maynard Family - Personal

39 John Street

Charleston, SC  29403

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