A motorcyclist from Columbia, South Carolina was killed this past weekend when his motorcycle collided with a 26-year-old’s vehicle Saturday night.
The identity of the victim has yet to be released, but what we so know if the driver of the vehicle is being charged with some serious charges, including a felony DUI involving a death, a hit-and-run involving a death, driving under a suspended license( for his second offense of this), a seatbelt violation, failure to render aid to the person he harmed, and an open container in his motor vehicle at the time of the incident. Lastly, the police have charged the man with possession and intent to distribute marijuana.
The accident took place at the intersection of Hazelwood Road and Burdell Drive, as the driver’s vehicle was travelling southbound on Hazelwood.
Apparently the driver/defendant was attempting to make a left hand turn onto Burdell, when he failed to yield to any of the oncoming traffic, specifically, the victim riding the motorcycle. When the motorcyclist was travelling on Burdell, he struck the right front tire of the passenger side of the defendant’s car, throwing him from his motorcycle.
Richland County EMS arrived quickly to the scene but by the time the victim was transported to Palmetto Health Richland hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter from his life-threatening injuries. They have moreover reported that this is the first alcohol-related death regarding traffic so far this year.Accordingly, the defendant initially fled from the scene of the crime, but came back and was apprehended by the local Police.
How does South Carolina define a motorcycle?
According to South Carolina’s Section 56-5-155, a motorcycle is defined as a three-wheel vehicle means a motor vehicle having no more than three permanent functional wheels in contact with the ground and includes motorcycles with detachable side cars, having a saddle type seat for the operator, and handle bars or a motorcycle type steering device, but excludes a tractor or automotive three-wheel vehicle.” S.C. Gen. Stat. 56-5-155(2012).
In South Carolina, a Felony DUI is what a person is charged with when they were inebriated while driving, and a collisions occurred that resulted in serious injury or death. If you, or someone you know has been charged with any of the aforementioned crimes, contact the law offices of for more information on your options. Our toll-free number is 877-374-5999.