The Richland County Coroner has identified the man who was killed in a motorcycle crash on August 1.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the victim was 25-year-old Donald Cordy of Prosperity.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Cordy died at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.
An autopsy revealed that his passing was due to blunt force trauma.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Cordy was not wearing a helmet as he traveled north on the 2200 block of Chapin Road.
For reasons that are not yet clear, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle went off the right side of the road and he was thrown from the bike. No other vehicles were involved.
The accident happened around 3 p.m. near the intersection with St. Peter’s Church Road.
The crash is being investigated by Highway Patrol and the coroner’s office.
As of August 5, 59 motorcyclists had been killed in South Carolina for the year. Forty-one of them were not wearing helmets and safety gear, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
South Carolina doesn’t have a universal helmet law. This means not all motorcycle operators and passengers are required to wear helmets. Rather, only those under the age of 21 are mandated to wear a helmet.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 69 percent and the risk of death by 37 percent.
Single-vehicle crashes have many causes. Sometimes they occur due to driver error but other times, they’re due to road hazards or vehicle malfunction. A vehicle can also run another off the road without making contact.
If you lost a loved one in a crash that was not their fault, you may be entitled to compensation. A South Carolina car accident lawyer can help you.