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65-year-old tourist died after she was struck by a dump truck in Sea Pines while biking, police say

Myths vs. Reality: Driver-bicyclist and pedestrian accidents

Who usually is at fault when it comes to accidents involving drivers and bicyclists or pedestrians in Beaufort County? You might be surprised by the facts.
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Who usually is at fault when it comes to accidents involving drivers and bicyclists or pedestrians in Beaufort County? You might be surprised by the facts.

A 65-year-old bicyclist was killed Thursday afternoon when she was struck by a dump truck in Sea Pines, according to officials.

Catherine Harris, of Paradise, Michigan, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.

The incident occurred at 12:07 p.m. near the Plantation Drive-Calibogue Cay Road intersection inside Sea Pines, a gated community on Hilton Head Island, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Maj. Bob Bromage, spokesperson for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, said the victim was a woman and she was pronounced dead. As of Thursday evening, no other information was available on the victim.

Highway Patrol spokesperson Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the bicyclist was attempting to cross Plantation Drive onto Calibogue Cay Road when she was struck by a dump truck that was turning left from Calibogue Cay onto Plantation Drive.

Southern said the bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. She was vacationing with friends on Hilton Head this week, Ott said.

The driver of the dump truck did not have any injuries, according to SCHP.

Plantation Drive is a main artery and a popular spot for bicyclists in Sea Pines. The road is next to Lawton Stables, a popular destination for tourists, and serves as a primary route to Harbour Town.

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Hilton Head is a growing concern.

In 2018, three bicyclists were killed in Beaufort County.

In 2016, Beaufort County saw its worst year in over a decade for pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, according to previous Island Packet reporting. Six bicyclists and five pedestrians were killed that year, which was almost triple the average of four deaths per year from 2006 to 2015.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina, Ott said.

Mandy Matney is an award-winning journalist and self-proclaimed shark enthusiast from Kansas. She worked for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois before she realized Midwestern winters are horrible, then moved to Hilton Head in 2016. She is the breaking news editor at the Island Packet.


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