One person was killed and another was hospitalized overnight when a motorcycle slammed into the back of another vehicle, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Monday.
The two-vehicle collision happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Lee County, according to Master Trooper Brian Lee.
A 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle and a 2014 Buick were traveling eastbound on US 76 in the Lynchburg area, Lee said. Near the intersection with Tram Road, the motorcycle hit the back of the Buick, according to Lee.
The person riding the motorcycle was killed, while a passenger on the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital, Lee said. No further information on the passenger’s condition was available.
The Lee County Coroner’s Office is expected to publicly identify the driver of the motorcycle after notifying the next of kin.
There was no word if either rider on the bike was wearing a helmet.
Lee said the driver of the Buick was not injured and no other injuries were reported.
No information on the cause of the motorcycle’s collision with the car was available, but the crash is still being investigated by Highway Patrol.
As of Thursday, 22 bikers were among the 226 people who died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to data from the state Department of Public Safety.
At least six people have been killed in Lee County crashes in 2022, and this is the first involving a motorcycle, DPS reported.
In 2021, 159 bikers were among the 1,192 people who died on South Carolina roads, according to DPS. One of six fatal crashes in Lee County last year involved a motorcycle, according to DPS data.
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This story was originally published April 4, 2022 8:07 a.m.