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Man charged in hit-and-run crash

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The man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car last month, then fleeing, was released from prison Tuesday night after posting a $10,000 bond, according to the Aiken County Detention Center.

Drew Thomas Ward, of Aiken, surrendered to troopers.   Special
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Drew Thomas Ward, of Aiken, surrendered to troopers.

 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.

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Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 02/01/11 - 03:28 pm
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Note to self, when getting a

Note to self, when getting a mug shot picture, wear a nice shirt.

mdailey
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mdailey 02/02/11 - 11:51 am
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Wow. Daniel Johnson hit 5

Wow. Daniel Johnson hit 5 cyclists and is still out driving around. This guy Ward had 5 at-fault accidents in six years and was still behind the wheel. Makes me wonder what the bar is for losing your license in the state of SC.

Perhaps the SCHP could allocate some resources to investigating and following through on these accidents and removing these people from the highway instead of just driving around responding to the next tragedy they cause.

lovethebeach45
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lovethebeach45 02/02/11 - 03:01 pm
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This guy here is got to be

This guy here is got to be Stupid........

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/02/11 - 07:16 pm
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I'm glad citizens put
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I'm glad citizens put pressure on him. Sometimes"ratting someone out" will save a life. Mine.

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Iamacyclist 02/07/11 - 06:06 pm
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Via Matt's good friend

Via Matt's good friend :

"Matt Burke passed away last night in the comfort of his family. He was 38. He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie, their 11-month old daughter, Anna, and their families. I will post details about arrangements as they are known. This is an incomprehensible loss. Burke was a remarkable individual and true friend.... May he rest in peace. We love you, Matt"

LisaRN499
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LisaRN499 02/09/11 - 05:55 am
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My heart is breaking for Dr.

My heart is breaking for Dr. Burke's family. He was a wonderful Doctor, but first and foremost a good friend to all. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Burke at DDEAMC. He was a caring, and conscientious MD. He loved his wife and family. This is a terrible loss for the young soldiers who come back injured, and the many vets and family members he cared for.

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cruiser93 02/23/11 - 03:33 pm
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mdailey... I was wondering

mdailey... I was wondering the same thing. I have had my license taken away(for 6 months with a $200 reinstatement fee) one time back in 2004-5 and it happened right after a wreck where I had no insurance. If the Chronicle is reading my reply, let me ask you this... Has anyone suspected that he might be some kind of serial vehicular Homicidalist(homicide) ??? Or wherever they would classify that type of behavior. I would definitely be evaluating his mentality, or lack of.

cruiser93
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cruiser93 02/23/11 - 03:35 pm
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Oh, sorry to hear about Dr.

Oh, sorry to hear about Dr. Burke... my prayers to the family and friends.

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