A Travelers Rest motorcyclist killed in a single-vehicle crash on US 25 shortly after 3:30 p.m. on December 18 has been identified by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office as 56-year-old David Lackey Jr.
Master Trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Brandon Bolt, said the crash happened close to Old White Horse Road.
Bolt said Lackey was going south on US 25 when he went off the right side of the road and struck a post. Lackey was thrown from the motorcycle and he hit a concrete fixture.
Bolt said the Travelers Rest motorcyclist killed in the crash was not wearing a helmet and the Greenville County Coroner’s Office reported that he died at the scene.
The coroner’s office said the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Travelers Rest Police Department were still investigating what happened. An autopsy was scheduled to be contacted on Saturday.
As of December 19, 2020, 986 people had been killed in 884 crashes on South Carolina’s roads. Meanwhile, at the same point in 2019, there had been 899 deadly crashes and 975 deaths. This is according to the South Carolina Daily Traffic Fatality Count compiled by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Of the victims in 2020, 105 were motorcyclists and 69 of them were not wearing helmets and safety gear. At the same point in 2019, 123 motorcyclists’ deaths had been recorded.
Research shows that helmets help to save lives. However, it is not mandatory for motorcyclists over the age of 21 to wear helmets in South Carolina.
Single-vehicle accidents are not always the fault of the driver. If you lost a loved one in such a crash, you may be able to claim compensation. A South Carolina car accident attorney can advise you as to whether you have a case.