Today in 1932, Charleston Police Officer Julian Capers Bunch, 33, died from injuries sustained when his police motorcycle was struck by a reckless driver at Reid and Nassau Streets at 8:55 pm while returning to duty after his meal break.
On April 26, Officer Bunch was traveling west on Reid Street and the automobile was traveling north on Nassau Street when the automobile’s right front fender struck the police motorcycle. Officer Bunch was rushed to Roper hospital with severe head injuries.
After a coroner’s inquest, no blame was affixed to the driver of the other car.
Julian C. Bunch’s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial at the Statehouse in Columbia and at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel “38, E -15”. A plaque bearing Officer Bunch’s name is also displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.