Tracy Gordon


Bond has been set on an Elgin man accused of killing a Bowman businessman and injuring his family in a boat crash.

Tracy L. Gordon, 53, appeared before a Richland County circuit judge on Friday for a bond hearing.

The judge set a $100,000 cash surety bond on Gordon.

Gordon is facing one count of felony boating under the influence resulting in death and two counts of felony boating under the influence resulting in great bodily injury.

Authorities say his speed boat ran into a pontoon boat carrying three members of the Kiser family.

Stanley “Stan” Virgil Kiser, 68, of Cheryse Court, Chapin, died at the scene.

Kiser’s wife, Shawn Campbell Kiser, remains in a Columbia hospital undergoing treatment for critical injuries, including the loss of one of her legs.

Their daughter, Morgan, is no longer in the hospital after undergoing treatment for a head injury.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in a no-wake area between the Rusty Anchor and Liberty at the Lake.

Law enforcement officers transported Gordon to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia where he refused a breathalyzer test, said Capt. Robert McCullough of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

A magistrate judge initially denied Gordon’s bond.

If he’s able to post his $100,000 cash surety bond, Gordon will have to wear an ankle monitor. He’s not allowed to drink alcohol, have any contact with the Kiser family or operate a boat, WIS-TV reported on Friday.

The Kiser family has been part of Orangeburg County for generations.

Stan Kiser was a 1969 graduate of Orangeburg High School and his wife graduated in 1973 from Wade Hampton Academy.

Kiser was a longtime partner in his father’s milling business, V.P. Kiser Lumber Company based in Bowman.

Shawn Campbell Kiser is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roy Campbell. Her father practiced as a physician in Orangeburg.

For a number of years, Shawn Campbell Kiser worked as a pharmacist in Orangeburg.

Dukes-Harley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Stan Kiser. Those arrangements have not yet been finalized.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can report it anonymously by calling 1-800-922-5431 or by texting “SCDNR + your tip” to 847411.

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