A Lexington County man was killed Sunday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a turning vehicle, the coroner’s office said.

Robert Joe McDaniel III, a 38-year-old Gaston resident, died from the injuries he suffered in the accident, Coroner Margaret Fisher said Monday in a news release.

The two-vehicle collision happened at about 7 p.m. in the 300 block of Bushberry Road, according to the release. That’s in Pelion, near the intersection with S.C. 302 and about 5 miles north of Pelion High School.

McDaniel was driving east on Bushberry Road when he collided with a vehicle traveling west that was turning in a private driveway, Fisher said.

McDaniel was taken to an area hospital where he died, according to the release. He was not wearing a helmet, Fisher said.

The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt and remained at the scene, according to Fisher.

No other injuries were reported.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.

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Motorcycles are Everywhere Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

“Motorcycles are Everywhere but they are small, easily obscured by other vehicles and roadside structures, and sometimes hard to see,” the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said recently while promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. “Automobile drivers should watch closely for motorcycles in all directions at intersections. Avoid turns — especially left-hand turns across oncoming traffic — on yellow lights in case an approaching motorcycle is coming through the intersection.”

Through Sunday, 415 people have died in crashes in South Carolina in 2022, including 53 motorcycle riders, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

At least 14 people have been killed in Lexington County crashes in 2022, and this is the fifth that involved a motorcycle, DPS reported.

In 2021, 159 motorcycle riders were among the 1,194 people who had died on South Carolina roads, according to DPS. Five of last year’s 57 deadly crashes in Lexington County involved a motorcycle, DPS data shows.


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This story was originally published June 6, 2022 1:41 PM.

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