Driver arrested for felony DUI after hitting cyclist on King Street Sunday night

Cyclist remains in critical condition at MUSC

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Police say a cyclist traveling north on King Street was struck by a car near Sheppard and Engel streets on Sun. May 12 - GOOGLE STREET VIEW
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A woman was arrested on a felony DUI charge Sunday night after she hit a cyclist, who remained in critical condition at the Medical University of South Carolina as of Monday morning.

At about 9:03 p.m., Gabriela Bennett of Mt. Pleasant was driving north on King Street when her Subaru struck a cyclist traveling in the same direction between Sheppard and Engel streets, according to a press release from the Charleston Police Department.

Bennett showed signs of impairment during a field sobriety test, according to police.



King Street was closed for approximately three hours while investigators collected evidence and towed the driver's car.

Bennett, 23, was being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center as of Monday afternoon.

In February, a cyclist died from his injuries after he was hit by an SUV near the Crosstown. That same month, a 36-year-old pedestrian died after he was hit by a car on Maybank Highway on James Island. In November, a cyclist died after he was hit by a car on the Crosstown.
Between 2009 and 2017, 30 percent of bike crashes in the state took place in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties, according to a 2018 study commissioned by the Columbia-based Palmetto Cycling Coalition. Charleston County has the highest percentage of bike accidents at 23.4 percent.

Twenty-six pedestrians died in Charleston between 2011 and 2015, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. Columbia came in second with 23 and North Charleston came in third with 11.

The press release distributed Monday by Charleston police reminds readers that May is national Bicycle Safety Month.
Locally, Charleston Moves is observing Mobility Month with a series of events designed to educate and advocate on behalf of pedestrians and those who use public transportation.

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