Myrtle Beach couple killed in motorcycle crash

A Myrtle Beach couple was killed in a crash after they fled from a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper early Wednesday.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard, 36-year-old Raymond Stallings and his wife, 28-year-old Kerri Stallings, died of multiple traumatic injuries.

The motorcycle collision happened about 1:45 a.m. on U.S. 17 Bypass near Robert Grissom Parkway and International Drive.

Cpl. Sonny Collins with SCHP said a trooper tried to stop two motorcycles traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the trooper activated his blue lights, the motorcycle the couple was on sped up and crashed “seconds later.”

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.

Online records show Stallings pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge in 2015. He was sentenced to five years probation and had his driver’s license suspended.

The charge stems from Nov. 2014, when Stallings collided into a woman driving a Jeep who failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Robert Grissom Parkway and 38th Avenue N., The Sun News previously reported.

Kate Eason, 32, died Nov. 1 following the fiery crash that morning.

Police said Stallings’ Ford F-150 he was driving was traveling 91 mph on Robert Grissom Parkway, where the speed limit is 45 mph.

Although Stallings had the right-of-way when the crash happened, authorities determined he contributed to the wreck because of his excessive speed.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles