Motorcycle hits car on U.S. 278, rider airlifted to Savannah hospital

cconley@islandpacket.comApril 21, 2012 

A Beaufort woman was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah Saturday after her motorcycle slammed into the back of a stopped car on U.S. 278 near the Tanger Outlet 1 outlet mall, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Jaclyn Urso, 33, was traveling east when she laid her 2012 Honda motorcycle down and slid into the back of a 2002 Toyota driven by Marcy Hirshman, 65, of Hilton Head Island, said Senior Trooper Brent Kelly.

The accident occurred about 11:20 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 278 and Malphrus Road. Urso was wearing a helmet. Hospital officials did not return calls Saturday seeking an update on Urso's condition. Hirshman was not hurt.

Both lanes of U.S. 278 were closed after the accident to allow the rescue helicopter to pick up the victim, said Capt. Randy Hunter, a spokesman for the Bluffton Township Fire District. The westbound lanes of U.S. 278 re-opened after about 20 minutes, and the eastbound lanes re-opened after about 40, he said.

"Both lanes were closed ... long enough to get the helicopter down, get the patient loaded and take back off," Hunter said.

Authorities say the accident is still under investigation and that it's not clear why Urso was unable to stop. Kelly said there is no indication at this time that charges will be filed.

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