Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy Mike Costanzo has returned to the Lowcountry four months after suffering serious injuries in a crash on the Don Holt Bridge. The injured Charleston County deputy underwent extensive rehabilitation at an Atlanta hospital.
Video released by the sheriff’s office on Friday showed Costanzo returning in the department’s helicopter.
Costanzo thanked God for his progress and said he appreciated the support of his family during what he described as a long four months.
The deputy said he would still have to undergo a lot of rehab in the Lowcountry and he would continue to fight through the pain.
Back on July 1, Constanzo stopped his cruiser to help tow truck driver William Ellis who was assisting the driver of a disabled vehicle on the North Charleston side of the bridge.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer rear-ended Costanzo’s vehicle which then hit both Costanzo and Ellis.
The 45-year-old Ellis was knocked over the side of the bridge and into the water below.
Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver said Ellis’ body was found the day after the crash in the water near Daniel Island.
Meanwhile, Costanzo sustained head trauma and several broken bones, according to his family.
Costanzo was assigned to the Marine Patrol Unit at the time of his death. He also served as a school resource officer at Sullivan’s Island Elementary during the year.
The beloved officer worked with the sheriff’s office from 1994 to 2006 and subsequently returned in April 2017.
It’s not unusual for car accidents to result in serious injuries and long recovery periods. This means victims are often unable to work even as their medical bills pile up.
If you suffer significant injuries in a South Carolina car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can advise you accordingly.