In the last two weeks alone, there have been at least five deaths in motorcycle crashes across the state, including crashes in Cherokee County, Greenwood, Anderson, Greenville, and Charleston, SC.
Although some of these tragic incidents appear to have been single-motorcycle crashes, others may have been caused by vehicle drivers who were not paying attention.
Look twice, save a life – a moment’s distraction is negligence that may cost another person their life.
If you are riding, be safe out there and call us if you need us.
Single-Motorcycle Crash in Cherokee County, SC
A motorcyclist was killed after running off the road in Cherokee County, SC this month:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office says a person is dead after a motorcycle collision occurred on Piedmont Rd. near Swofford Ridge Rd.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers say they were dispatched to that area around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as 24-year-old Christian Tracy.
“Tracy was driver and lone occupant of a 2023 Yamaha Y-7 motorcycle that was headed south on Piedmont Road at 7:50 p.m. Tracy was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the motorcycle in the 1000 block and ran off the right side of the roadway. Tracy impacted a tree knocking his helmet off before being ejected in an open field. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to assist with the investigation into the crash,” Fowler said.
Motorcycle Death in Greenwood County, SC
Another motorcyclist was killed in a single-motorcycle crash in Hodges, South Carolina, in Greenwood County after striking a fence:
HODGES, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Coroner’s Office said a motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a fence late Monday night.
According to coroner, the driver was heading north on Gary Road when he went off the left side of the road and hit a fence resulting in his death.
The man was identified as 43-year-old Roger Keith Gregory of Woodruff.
The coroner said the manner of death was accidental and the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Fatal Crash in Anderson County, SC
Yet another motorcyclist was killed last week in Anderson County after striking a car that apparently turned in front of the bike:
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —
A motorcyclist died in a crash Tuesday night in Anderson County, according to Master Trooper Brandon Bolt with South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on SC Highway 88 near SC Highway 8, Bolt said.
According to Bolt, the motorcyclist was traveling west on SC Highway 88 and a car was traveling east.
The car attempted to turn onto SC Highway 8 and was struck by the motorcycle, Bolt said.
The coroner has not identified the motorcyclist.
The driver of the car was not injured, Bolt said.
There is insufficient information in the report to say for sure who is liable for the crash, but it sounds like the car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle.
If the crash was caused by the vehicle driver’s negligence in failing to look before making a left turn or failing to yield the right-of-way, the at-fault driver will be liable for wrongful death damages to the motorcyclist’s family.
Teenager Killed in Greenville County Motorcycle Crash
In a tragic incident, a sixteen-year-old student of Christ Church Episcopal School was killed in Greenville, SC, after a collision with a car:
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – An Upstate high school released a statement on Facebook after one of its students was killed in a motorcycle crash on Friday.
Officials said the crash happened around 3:23 p.m. at Fairforest Way and Wenwood Road. They added that the crash was between a motorcyclist and a car.
According to officials, the motorcyclist was taken to the hospital following the crash. However, they later passed away from their injuries. The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 16-year-old Aidan Pohl from Greenville.
According to Christ Church Episcopal School’s Facebook page, Pohl was a student.
As with many media reports of motorcycle crashes in South Carolina, there is insufficient information in the report to conclusively determine fault, but the crash victim’s family should immediately contact an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer who can investigate the incident to determine how the crash happened and who was at fault.
Charleston County, SC, Motorcycle Death
A motorcyclist in Charleston, SC, was killed when she and her motorcycle fell from an overpass onto the road below:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says a 29-year-old woman died from her injuries in a motorcycle crash on the Highway 61 exchange at Highway 17 after she and her motorcycle fell from an off-ramp onto a highway below.
Laura Chapek, from Spring Lake, North Carolina, died at approximately 7:30 p.m. at MUSC, Chief Deputy Coroner Brittney Martin said.
Police said the crash happened at approximately 6:44 p.m. Sunday on the Highway 61 off-ramp of the Fielding Connector.
The motorcyclist was riding on the elevated off-ramp toward Highway 61 and Wesley Drive when she apparently lost control, causing the motorcycle to fall from the overpass onto the road below, Sgt. Elisabeth Wolfsen said.
“Three nurses driving into work saw the motorcyclist and stopped to render aid until EMS arrived,” Wolfsen said. EMS took the victim to MUSC, where she died a short time later.
Investigators closed the northbound lanes of the Fielding Connector at Ripley Point Drive and the Highway 61 South connection toward Highway 17 North for approximately four hours during the investigation.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers in Charleston, SC, Greenville, Walhalla, and Walterboro, SC
The motorcycle crash lawyers at the Boles Law Firm can help you investigate your crash, gather the evidence you will need in court, negotiate with the insurance companies, and recover the maximum compensation 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, Walterboro, Greenville, or Walhalla offices, or send us a message through our website.