BEECH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – Weeks after the deadly hit-and-run that killed 15-year-old Errik Giles, his family is still mourning his death and wants answers.
South Carolina authorities ruled the Silver Bluff High School student’s death an accident. WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman spoke exclusively with Giles’ older brother who wants closure and better state traffic laws.
Even among this tragedy, Giles’ family is looking for the silver lining. His older brother tells WJBF News Channel 6 he feels the state’s traffic laws failed his family and now it’s time for a change. A memorial on the side of Hammond Road is the silent reminder of a life ended too soon.
“There’s my brother right. I mean I’ll never have another conversation with him,” said Errik Giles’ older brother.
Brian Allen, came back to his hometown in Beech Island, South Carolina to lay his little brother to rest. On Sunday, all Allen could do was trace his brothers’ last steps, from the day he died.
“We need several things. One is closure and two is that we need this guy to be held accountable. I mean, this community, not just my family, not just my mom who is distraught, but us as a community. Everybody needs this to be dealt with for once and for all. How many kids have to die? We’ve got two down already. How many more have to die before somebody says people like Ryan Kelly cannot be on the street anymore operating a motor vehicle?” Allen told WJBF News Channel 6.
Ryan Isaac Kelly was driving the vehicle that killed the 15-year-old. He is charged for leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
“If you hit somebody and you leave the scene you can never drive again. It’s just common sense. Why give them another opportunity? Why give them another opportunity?” Allen said.
Allen told WJBF News Channel 6 he will not give up until the laws change in South Carolina… for the sake of his brother, his family and his community. On Friday, Errik Giles was buried. Ryan Isaac Kelly was released from the Aiken County Jail last week on a $50,000 dollar bond.