Loris motorcyclist dies after crash, Longs man cited

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 16, 2013 

— A Loris man died Tuesday evening after in a crash on S.C. 9 involving a motorcycle and a Sport Utility Vehicle, according to authorities.

Richard Irving, 57, of Loris was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. Tuesday while being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said. Irving died from injuries he suffered in the crash.

Troopers cited Earl Cline, 64, of Longs with driving too fast for conditions in the crash, said Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The crash happened at 6 p.m. Tuesday on S.C. 9 about nine miles from Loris near Bellamy Farms.

Troopers said that Irving was driving a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle when he slowed to make a turn, Wyant said. Cline, who was driving a 2006 Mercury SUV, struck Irving from behind and the impact threw him from the motorcycle.

Irving was not wearing helmet and was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital.

Cline, who was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt, was cited at the scene, Wyant said.

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