On November 19, 2002, Patrolman William Bell of the Summerville Police Department and Deputy Gene Wright of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office stopped to assist a stranded motorist on U.S. 17A, in Summerville, South Carolina.
While changing the motorists tire, both officer and deputy were struck by a passing vehicle.
The driver, Brian Nelson, was not supposed to be driving, as he had a medical condition which prohibited him from legally operating a vehicle and a suspended driver’s license. Both William and Gene died at the scene from trauma.
Nelson had to be detained at the scene by good Samaritans who came upon the horrible scene until the arrival of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.
Nelson was charged and convicted of two counts of reckless homicide, but will be eligible for parole on February 27, 2008. Six years for the lives of these two officers is not enough time served, and that Mr. Nelson, by the virtue of his willful and reckless disregard of the threat he presents to the public, needs to remain behind bars.
How can you help? By visiting http://www.dppps.sc.gov/oppose_parole.html on the web and signing a petition to keep him behind bars.
When signing the online petition, be sure to enter this information -
Offender Name: Brian L. Nelson and SC Inmate #: 00292367
This literally takes only a few minutes to do, and we ask all our readers to take a few minutes to sign, and share this with your friends, family, and co-workers.
Special thanks to Blogland reader Linda Riney for providing us this story lead.