Goose Creek man crushed in deadly crash on Ravenel Bridge


The day after three lanes of the Ravenel Bridge northbound leaving Charleston were shut down because of a three-vehicle wreck, officials announced one of the victims has died.

Charleston police said the wreck was initially a two-car accident. They said a Buick sedan had broken down and was rear-ended by a Mitsubishi.

The driver of the Buick was taken to St. Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

They said some time after the first wreck, a Subaru rear-ended the Mitsubishi which was pushed into the Buick again, crushing one of the occupants of the Mitsubishi as they were either standing or walking behind the Mitsubishi.

That person passed, 21-year-old Austin Andrew Freeman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Freeman was living in Goose Creek and originally from Ohio.

The other two people that were in the Mitsubishi were also hurt in the second crash and were taken to the trauma center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The driver of the Subaru was not hurt. He told police he was "looking at traffic merging onto US-17 from the Meeting Street on-ramp when the collision took place."

The roadway was closed for about three and a half hours so that investigators could map the collision scene. CPD officials say that so far there are no charges but the decision is pending the completion of the investigation.

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