Motorcyclist — a new father — mourned after fatal crash on Hilton Head

Aunterio Tolbert and his son.
Aunterio Tolbert and his son. Melanie Hobler

The family of a motorcyclist who died after colliding with a vehicle Monday morning on Hilton Head Island remembered him as a proud, loving father.

Aunterio Tolbert, 22, of Hilton Head, was killed in the crash, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.

“He was a great person,” Melanie Hobler, Tolbert’s girlfriend of two years, said. “ ... he wanted to do everything for his son.”

Tolbert and Hobler moved to Beaufort County a year ago from Charleston to be closer to family. The pair have an 8-month-old son named Liam.

“(Tolbert) was super excited for Liam to learn how to walk,” Hobler said. “He did everything for his son and me.”

Tolbert, who was driving a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle, was traveling southbound on Spanish Wells Road near Miller Road just before 7 a.m. when a 2000 Honda mini van attempted to turn into a private drive in front of him, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Tolbert tried to pass vehicles behind the van as it turned and struck the van in the side while doing so, the patrol said. He was thrown from the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet, the partrol said. He died at the scene.

Hobler said Tolbert was on his way to work when the crash happened. He worked for AGC Gutters and had aspirations of someday owning his own business.

The driver of the van, who was the only occupant, was not injured.

The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.

Monday afternoon, Doretha Devard, Tolbert’s grandmother posted on Facebook about the loss of her first born grandson.

“Today is one of the worst of my entire life,” Devard wrote. “My first born grandson Aunterio Tolbert died this morning in a traffic accident (at) only 22-years-old. I’m praying to Jehovah for the strength needed for my daughter, his siblings, her siblings, his son, his girlfriend and myself and everyone whose heart he touched with his beautiful smile and contagious laughter. ... Terio, you are loved and will be missed. our world will never be the same without you.”

An attempt to reach Devard by telephone was not immediately successful.

Lisa Wilson: 843-706-8103