Lengthy Violation History for Hit and Run Suspect

Mug shot photo of 34-year-old Ryan Isaac Kelly. (Credit: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot photo of 34-year-old Ryan Isaac Kelly. (Credit: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)

News Channel 6 has learned of more information about the man who committed a fatal hit and run last Thursday.

Ryan Isaac Kelly is accused of hitting 15 year old Erikk Giles, and then fleeing the scene.
It happened on Hammond Road in Beech Island.

This isn’t Kelly’s first traffic violation. It is certainly, the most tragic one.

Public records online show that between the years of 2002 and 2016, Kelly has 15 traffic violations. Plus the one offense still pending for the fatal hit and run.

Five of those offenses happened in Richmond County and ten happened in Aiken County.

Between the two states, Kelly is averaging about one violation a year, which leaves some people wondering, why was he still on the roads on January 14th.

Many of us are guilty of committing a traffic mistake that ultimately lead to a costly ticket, but how many is too many?

Ryan Isaac Kelly has been to traffic court 15 times since 2002.

11 of those violations were for speeding and two were for ‘driving a vehicle at a greater speed then is reasonable under conditions.’

“Bbased upon all of what we just discussed, he may have no points against him right now at all,” Attorney Jim Huff explained.

The point system Attorney Jim Huff is describing, is the way South Carolina tracks traffic violations and so called ‘bad drivers’.

“Whatever points you get in South Carolina have a basically a three year shelf life, we’ll say. Each anniversary after a conviction the points that were originally assessed are cut in half, and then the next year they’re cut in half again, the third year they’re gone,” Huff explained.

This means Kelly may have never had enough points on his license at one given time to suspend it.

News Channel 6 wanted to know, does Kelly’s past driving record come into consideration when it comes to his most recent offense.

“Crucial to this specific case he is not accused of bad driving, he just did not follow at a statute that requires he stop, render aid, or give him information to a law enforcement,” Huff said.

Huff, with North Augusta’s Huff Law Firm, says the question in Kelly’s case is if he is guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.

We reached out to Kelly’s place of work, but we were told no comment. We welcome Kelly to contact us to share his side of this story.

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