In October and November of 2022, there were multiple motorcycle crashes in and around Charleston, SC, including motorcycle fatalities, crashes that were likely caused by negligent drivers, crashes that were likely caused by the motorcyclist, and a motorcycle chase that began in Charleston, SC, and ended in a crash in Georgetown, SC.
Please, “look twice, save a life,” and remember that you are sharing the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who are vulnerable in a collision with your truck or automobile – your negligence can mean the end of a person’s life, the loss of a child’s mother or father, and irreversible devastation to a family.
Motorcycle Crash in Summerville, SC
There was a fatal motorcycle crash in Summerville on College Park Road on October 10, 2022, when a pickup truck collided with a Harley Davidson – the truck driver ran from the scene after the crash:
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — Authorities confirmed one person was killed in a crash involving a motorcycle on College Park Road Monday evening.
A Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Ford pickup truck collided near Wide Awake Circle on October 10, around 7:49 p.m. The person driving the pickup truck ran away from the scene, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said.
The driver of the Harley Davidson was taken to the hospital, where they later died, according to SCHP.
The Harley Davidson was riding east on College Park Road, and the Ford pickup truck was traveling west, attempting to make a left turn into a private drive.
When a motorcycle fatality is caused by another driver’s negligence (note that the article does not give enough information to determine the cause of the crash, but the fact that the truck driver fled the scene indicates that they were likely at fault and possibly intoxicated at the time of the collision), the motorcyclist’s family can file suit for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Man Charged with DUI After Killing a Motorcyclist in Crash in Greenville, SC
A motorcyclist was killed by an alleged drunk driver in downtown Greenville who was then charged with felony DUI resulting in death:
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A man was charged with driving under the influence after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash early Friday morning in downtown Greenville.
According to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of North Academy Street and North Church Street involving a motorcycle and a 2021 Toyota 4Runner.
The motorcycle was traveling north on Church Street when he collided with the 4Runner. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner’s office identified him as Samuel Greene, 23.
The Greenville Police Department responded to the scene and came into contact with the driver of the 4Runner, Ross Even Latini, 35.
Police said Latini had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, slurred speech, glossy eyes and self-admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the day.
When a motorcycle collision is caused by a drunk driver, the motorcyclist not only has a claim for damages caused by the driver’s negligence, but there is no cap on punitive damages.
Single Motorcycle Crash on Sewee Road
A motorcyclist was injured after a single motorcycle wreck at Sewee Road and Come About Way in Awendaw, SC:
AWENDAW, S.C. (WCBD) – Emergency crews are responding to a Wednesday afternoon crash involving a motorcycle.
First responders with the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District were dispatched to Sewee Road and Come About Way for a single motorcycle crash around 1:00 p.m.
They said one patient was taken to a local trauma center with “moderate to major injuries.”
Motorists should use caution in the area.
Mount Pleasant, SC Motorcycle Crash
A motorcyclist in Mount Pleasant popped a wheelie in front of a police officer and then collided with another vehicle on Coleman Blvd:
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A Friday afternoon crash involving a motorcycle snarled traffic along Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.
Inspector Don Calabrese with the Mount Pleasant Police Department said one person was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries following the crash that involved a motorcyclist and a vehicle.
It happened near the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Houston Northcutt around 2:00 p.m.
An officer at the scene told News 2 that the motorcyclist “popped a wheelie” in front of law enforcement, who then attempted to stop them for reckless driving.
But before officers could stop the driver, the motorcyclist ran into a vehicle while it was trying to make a turn.
The southbound lanes of Coleman Boulevard at Houston Northcutt were shut down because of that crash which occurred around 2:00 p.m.
Goose Creek, SC – Motorcyclist is Killed After Driving with no Headlight
A motorcyclist was killed in Goose Creek, SC (Berkely County) after colliding with a car while the motorcyclist was driving without a headlight – the occupants of the car were injured but survived the crash:
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) – The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office says a Moncks Corner man died Monday night in a crash in the Goose Creek area.
Horace John Miller, 30, died after the motorcycle he was driving was involved in a crash with a car.
James Brown with the Goose Creek Police Department says the motorcycle was heading north on Highway 52 without a headlight. A southbound Toyota Prius began turning left onto Stephanie Drive when the motorcycle struck the passenger side, and Miller was ejected, officials say.
Miller was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.
The occupants of the Prius were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Goose Creek Police and the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office are investigating the crash.
Just as a motorcyclist can sue the driver of another vehicle for injuries sustained in a collision, the occupants of a car can sue the driver of a motorcycle if the motorcyclist’s negligence causes a wreck (or the motorcyclist’s estate if the motorcyclist does not survive the crash).
Multi-County Motorcycle Chase Ends in Crash in Georgetown County
A man crashed his motorcycle in Georgetown, SC after leading police on a chase through Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Awendaw, and Georgetown County. Police allege that he had meth in his possession and a suspended license:
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A 30-year-old man is facing charges after leading authorities in a multi-county pursuit that ended Tuesday night in Georgetown County.
A deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office tried to pull over a motorcycle shortly before 11 p.m. for reckless driving near Northside Drive and Ashley Phosphate Road.
But the driver, later identified as Matthew Conner, accelerated onto Interstate 26 to evade authorities. He eventually traveled through Mount Pleasant and Awendaw — even passing through several red lights — before the chase came to an end in Georgetown County. A Georgetown County sheriff’s deputy caught Conner and said he “laid his bike down” at the intersection of Highway 17 North and South Frasier Street, according to a report from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
The report said that Conner told deputies that he fled because his license was suspended and he was in possession of narcotics. He was found with a clear plastic baggie with a crystal-like substance that field tested presumptive for methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.
Conner was initially treated by EMS at the scene and then taken to Roper hospital in Mount Pleasant. He was booked into the Charleston County Detention Center after his release from the hospital.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers in Charleston, SC
The motorcycle crash lawyers at the Boles Law Firm can help you to investigate your crash, gather the evidence you will need in court, negotiate with the insurance companies, and recover the maximum compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries under the facts of your case and SC law.
Call us at 843-576-5775 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation at our North Charleston or Walterboro offices or send us a message through our website.