The as-yet unidentified 21-year-old victim from Torrington killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday evening in Burton was wearing a helmet and safety gear at the time of the collision, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The 7:15 p.m. crash in the area of Shanklin Road and S.C. 116 involved two vehicles and resulted in the operator of a 2001 Honda motorcycle being “ejected from the motorcycle.” The person died on the scene, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 2006 4-door Nissan sedan, was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured, Jones said.
The motorcyclist was heading north on S.C. 116 and the driver of the Nissan was attempting a left turn onto the road when the crash happened, he said.
According to a news release from the Burton Fire District, which responded to the crash along with fire and rescue personnel from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, “the motorcyclist was trapped under the passenger vehicle” when crews arrived.
The Shanklin Road and S.C. 116 intersection was closed for more than “three hours while emergency crews worked the scene,” the release said.
The Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the circumstances of the crash, but no charges had been filed as of Thursday.
Jones said it likely will be next week at the earliest before the investigation is complete.
Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said late Thursday afternoon that an autopsy has yet to be completed and next of kin have not been notified. Once that happens, the victim’s identity will be released, he said.