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Two motorcyclists killed in crashes in Horry County

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More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.

Two people were killed in separate wrecks that happened in Horry County.

The first deadly crash happened about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Samuel Willingham, 58, of Athens, Georgia was killed in a single-motorcycle wreck at the on-ramp to Highway 22 eastbound near Highway 90, according to Chris Dontell, Horry County Deputy Coroner.

Willingham was visiting the North Myrtle Beach area with friends and family, Dontell said.

He was traveling eastbound onto the Highway 22 entrance ramp from Highway 90 on a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle when he ran off the right side of the roadway and went down an embankment, leading to fatal injuries, Lance Corporal Matt Southern with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said. He was not wearing a helmet during the crash, Southern said.

The second fatal crash happened about 2 a.m. Friday in front of Duplin Winery in North Myrtle Beach. William Hogue, 61, of Fayetteville, North Carolina was killed in a hit-and-run as he drove a motorcycle, Dontell said.

The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the deadly crashes.

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