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Bell, William B.

Rank: Patrolman

Badge No: L-48

Date Killed: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Patrolman William Bell and Deputy Marion Wright, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, were struck and killed on US 17A, at approximately 1800 hours, by a driver who was under the influence  of prescription seizure medication. The  man's  license  had  been previously revoked due to his condition and medication.
 Deputy  Wright,  who  had  just  finished  his  shift  and  was  en  route home, stopped to assist a disabled motorist. Patrolman Bell stopped to assist Deputy Wright. As the two officers changed  the  flat  tire  on the car, the oncoming driver left the roadway, hitting both patrol  cars, the disabled vehicle, and both officers, killing them both instantly.
 A witness to the incident apprehended the suspect and held him until other officers arrived. The suspect was charged with felony driving under the influence. He was sentenced to two 10-year terms to run consecutively, but is eligible for parole after only 4 years.
 The section of highway where the incident took place was renamed William Boland Bell and Marion Eugene Wright Highway.
 Patrolman Bell had served in law enforcement for 2.5 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five step-children, and four grandsons.

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