Marine motorcycle driver killed on Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort

tbarton@beaufortgazette.comDecember 27, 2012 

A Marine motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning after a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck him on Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The name of the deceased was being withheld Thursday because the rider was an active-duty military member, Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said. Department of Defense policy prohibits releasing the names of deceased service members until 24 hours after next of kin has been notified.

A Marine public affairs officer confirmed that the motorcyclist was stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

According to the Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Tyshan M. Bentley was driving the truck north on Joe Frazier Road. The motorcyclist was headed south.

Bentley ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and hit the motorcycle, patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said.

"The motorcyclist saw the pickup truck come across the road (and) laid the bike down to avoid collision," but was struck by the 2008 Toyota Tacoma, Beres said.

He was unsure if charges would be filed.

"The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating," he said, "and there is no more information at this time."

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