At about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, a Beaufort County Sheriff's deputy stopped 21-year-old Detron Jenkins as he pedaled down Trask Parkway on a bike with no lights or reflectors, clad in all-black clothing.
Jenkins told the deputy he was riding to his mother's house in Shell Point about 8 miles away. The deputy reported having trouble seeing Jenkins and told him to stay out of the road before sending Jenkins on his way, according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.
About an hour and a half later, Jenkins was struck by a car and killed.
He was traveling northbound on Trask Parkway near the air station at about 1:15 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a 2001 Honda Accord driven by a 21-year-old Beaufort woman, said Cpl. Paul Brouthers, spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Jenkins suffered severe head trauma in the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Beaufort County Coroner's Office.
The driver of the Honda, who was not injured in the crash, will not be charged, Brouthers said.
"(The driver) will not be charged due to the fact that the bicyclist was unable to be seen in the darkness," he said.