Crime & Public Safety

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Sun City identified

A 40-year-old Okatie man was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle near the entrance to Sun City on Friday afternoon.

A man was driving a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle east on U.S. 278 about 4:10 p.m. when he was hit by a a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser turning left onto Sun City Boulevard from 278 westbound, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen identified the man killed as Marco Rodriguez Vasquez, of Okatie. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries from the crash, Allen said.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Collins said. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Eastbound lanes of 278 were blocked and the entrance to Sun City closed immediately after the crash.

A reporter for The Island Packet covering local government and development, Kacen Bayless is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. In the past, he’s worked for St. Louis Magazine, the Columbia Missourian, KBIA and the Columbia Business Times. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree with an emphasis in Investigative Reporting from the University of Missouri in 2019.