Half of fatalities over deadly SC Memorial Day weekend were in Myrtle Beach area

troot@thesunnews.comMay 28, 2013 

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Six of the 12 people killed in South Carolina during the Memorial Day holiday weekend were in Horry County, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday.

The six people killed in Horry County were all on motorcycles and five of the people were killed in the city limits of Myrtle Beach in three crashes, according to authorities.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said Tuesday that two of the three fatal crashes in the city remain under investigation.

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol investigated the fourth fatal crash during the weekend.

According to the S.C. Department of Public Safety, there were more motorcyclists killed during the holiday weekend than the previous two years. Four bikers died last year and two in 2011 and the fatal crashes occurred in Horry County, which hosts the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest during Memorial Day weekend.

As of May 27, state officials had recorded 259 people killed on South Carolina highways, compared to 348 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012. Of those deaths throughout the state, they included 28 pedestrians, 37 motorcyclists and four bicyclists.

Sixteen people have been killed in fatal crashes in Horry County this year, which is less than the same period in 2012 and 2011 when 20 people were killed in both years by the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

In 2010, 15 people were killed in Horry County, according to public safety figures. In Georgetown County during the same period, there has been one person killed this year, five in 2012; one in 2011; and two in 2010.

As for this weekend’s motorcycle fatalities, Knipes said no charges will be filed in a crash that happened about 6:30 p.m. Friday on Kings Highway near 30th Avenue North. Steven Williams, 40, of Snellville, Ga., and Taquisha Wilson, 33 of Kansas City, Mo., died in the crash that happened when Williams lost control of his motorcycle going north and crossed the center line, striking a southbound Volkswagen. They were not wearing helmets.

The other two crashes in the city remain under investigation, Knipes said.

On Thursday, Andre Price, 46, of Lumberton, N.C., died after someone driving a van failed to yield the right-of-way and turned in front of Price’s motorcycle, which was southbound on U.S. 501 at Robert Grissom Parkway. Witnesses told police the rider of the bike struck the passenger side of the van, which did not stop, but continued south on Robert Grissom Parkway, Knipes said. The rider was wearing a helmet, which came off during the crash.

The van was described as having a rack with a blue tarp on the top, dual doors and windows in the rear, Knipes said.

Anyone with information about the van or if someone witnessed the crash they can call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 918-1382.

On Sunday, Nathaniel Carlisle, 47, of Kinston, N.C., and Victoria Locklear, 48, of Fayetteville, N.C., were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash about 2:30 a.m. on 29th Avenue North at Robert Grissom Parkway, according to authorities. Carlisle’s Kawasaki motorcycle crashed into a Cadillac sport utility vehicle that turned in front of them on Robert Grissom Parkway. That crash remains under investigation.

Troopers investigated the death of Iven Miles, 81, of Darlington on 1:45 p.m. Saturday after his 2006 Honda motorcycle struck a 2008 Honda van that had slowed for traffic eastbound on S.C. 22 near the off-ramp to S.C. 90. Miles was wearing a helmet, police said.

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