Drew Thomas Ward, 43, surrendered Tuesday morning to South Carolina Highway Patrol and was charged with hit-and-run with great bodily injury in connection to the Jan. 23 traffic accident on Banks Mill Road in Aiken that critically injured Pascal Limouzine, 43.
Limouzin was still in critical condition on Friday, according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones. A condition of Ward's bond is he's not allowed to speak to Limouzin or his family, or drive until the case is closed. No explanation was given during Tuesday's bond hearing for why Ward fled the scene.
Highway Patrol officers stated concern that the Bath, N.C. native might be a possible flight risk if he posts bond due to his previous record. Ward's been involved in five collisions in the past six years, according to police records. Although he wasn't arrested for any of the collisions, he was found at fault in each case.
The last incident occurred in September on Chesterfield Street in Aiken when Ward dropped a cigarette between the seat and the door of his blue Toyota, which caught the car on fire. The car was engulfed in flames after Ward jumped out.
In announcing the arrest Tuesday, Jones emphasized that the public's assistance helped troopers with the case.
Jones said Ward surrendered after the patrol received numerous tips from the public.
Still unresolved is another case involving a cyclist on Oct. 1.
Dr. Matthew Burke was one of about a dozen cyclists pedaling along Beech Island Avenue when a Dodge Durango struck the group from behind, troopers say. The driver, Daniel Johnson, stopped after the wreck.
Five cyclists were hit, but Burke, a surgeon at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, was the most severely injured.
"The situation could not be more grave," his brother, Paul Burke, said Tuesday.
Troopers said Tuesday that the case remains open, but Paul Burke added that he expects "serious charges" from Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr.'s office when the case is closed.
Staff Writer Julia Sellers contributed to this article.