Crime & Public Safety

Bicyclist hit-and-run victim was doctor, marathon bombing survivor

The bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday evening on Hilton Head Island was an orthopedic surgeon, husband, father of two and a grandfather. He was also a Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

Jeffrey Garske, 66, of Hilton Head died at the scene of the crash on the Cross Island Parkway, according to David Ott, deputy coroner for the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.

The crash happened in the area of Marshland Road, Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern of the S.C. Highway Patrol said. Garske was riding a bicycle on the eastbound right shoulder when he was struck around 5:45 p.m. by a 2011 Ford Pickup truck driven by Richard George Alford, 64, also of Hilton Head, Southern said.

Garske and his wife, Donna Garske, survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, according to a story in The Island Packet at the time. Donna Garske was about half a mile away from the finish line as Jeff Garske waited for her to finish the race 300 yards from the finish lane.

Alford was charged with felony driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death after his vehicle allegedly ran onto the shoulder and struck Garske, Southern said.

Alford then left the scene and was located a short time later, Southern said.

He was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center and assigned a $50,000 bond.

The collision is under investigation by the patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner