The authorities in Horry County, South Carolina say one of their corrections officers was killed in a motorcycle crash on Highway 707 on Wednesday afternoon, February 24.
The victim, Richard DeJesus, and another officer were heading north on Highway 707 in Socastee when the accident occurred around 3 p.m.
According to a release from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, DeJesus and the other officer crashed into a car that tried to cross over the highway from a private driveway.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the second officer, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after the motorcycle crash on Highway 707.
The sheriff’s office said DeJesus had been with the department since 2017. He was described as a loving family man who was kind and humble.
The release said he was always engaging and encouraging and an excellent example to those who served with him. The department asked for prayers for DeJesus’ family and the injured officer.
DeJesus became the sixth first-responder to die in the area of Myrtle Beach in recent months. Back in August, Horry County police officer Michael Ambrosino succumbed to coronavirus complications. He had been with the department for 32 years.
Meanwhile, in October, police officer Jacob Hancher was shot and killed during a domestic violence call and on January 1, Gordon William Best of the North Myrtle Beach Police Department was killed in a line-of-duty car crash.
Less than two weeks after Best’s death, Melton Gore of the Horry County Police Department died in a similar way. And in February, Horry County volunteer firefighter Timothy Hurney lost his life in a motorcycle crash.
If you lost a loved one in a crash or you suffered serious injuries because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can assist you in building a case.