Men involved in fatal, DUI bridge crash shared similarities

By Eric Egan

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- We're learning more about the men involved in a fiery crash on the Ravenel Bridge that killed one and sent the other to jail.

They're the same age and from Mount Pleasant, and after what happened Saturday morning, both lives took a tragic turn.

Quentin Miller, 32, died on the bridge Saturday. Police say his car hit the wall along the pedestrian path and burst into flames, after being struck by a car driven by 32-year-old Adam Burnell. Burnell was arrested and charged with DUI.

"It's absolutely horrific. Nobody wants to go like that," said Kelly Heger. "It's terrible, a family is going to have to bury their loved one, especially around the holidays."

Heger lost her daughter four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. She now works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Heger says these incidents are not accidents, and Miller's death was preventable.

"Drinking and driving is no accident, somebody chose (to do it)," she said.

Miller was driving on the north side of the bridge around 4 a.m. Saturday. Police say Burnell rear-ended Miller. The damage to Burnell's car was extreme. Debris from the crash covered all four lanes and forced the closure of the bridge for seven hours.

"What are they going to do with the Christmas presents they bought? I'm sure that guy has a family. How are they going to be affected during the holidays?" Heger said.

Miller's extended family lives in Alabama. According to his mother, Nancy Miller, he loved golf and was a fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Miller also bartended at Henry's in Charleston and Seabrook Island.

Burnell has worked as an assistant manager at Husk restaurant. It's not clear where he was working before the fatal wreck.

A public relations firm representing Husk did not comment on the case. They issued a statement saying they are saddened by the tragic accident.

Burnell, meantime, bonded out of jail Sunday. His license has not been revoked.

Funeral arrangements for Quentin Miller will be held in Alabama.