John Gilbert Ludwig update

The Greenville County, S.C., solicitor’s office will meet with highway patrol officials tonight regarding the Maserati crash on April 25, which resulted in the death of Frederick William “Bill” Bardsley, 62, of Greenville, according to local news reports.

Charges are expected tomorrow, according to WYFF-TV in Greenville.

Concerned citizens have protested that no arrest has been made in the incident. Investigators say they are waiting to get information obtained by the Maserati’s “black box,” similar to those in aircraft.

The driver of the car, John Gilbert Ludwig, 36, of Greenville, “was not drinking when the accident occurred,” according to his attorney.

An earlier report indicated Ludwig had “given up ownership of his business,” SDI Networks, a computer networking and solutions company. That report gave no further details. WYFF-TV reported today at 5 p.m. that Ludwig is taking a “leave of absence from his job” to be with his family.

According to news reports, the family of the victim does not wish to make a public statement at this time, but wishes to thank friends, neighbors and community for support. The family asks that memorial gifts be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Special Olympics.

Bill Bardsley was a retired basketball coach who did volunteer work coaching boys on a local church team.

Check DemWit for further developments. A description of the primary thrust of this blog can be found under “DemWit” in my left sidebar.

Previous DemWit posts:

“Lowdown on the Upstate,” 2 May 2009: LINK

“Maserati crash update, 4 May 2009: LINK

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