Motorcyclist Dies in SC DUI Truck Crash

A motorcyclist has been killed after being hit by a truck on a highway in Sumter County, says the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The truck driver now faces a felony charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

According to Master Trooper Gary Miller, the fatal incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Friday when a 2013 Ford F-150 and a 2004 Nissan Titan pickup were both heading south on Highway 441 near Sumter. Meanwhile, a motorcyclist on a 2023 Honda was stationed in the median.

During an attempt to overtake the Nissan, the driver of the Ford ended up hitting the motorcyclist. The Sumter County Coroner’s Office, which hasn’t publicly revealed the identity of the motorcycle rider, confirmed that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford, the only person in the vehicle, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the Nissan escaped unscathed.

The SC Highway Patrol has pressed felony DUI charges resulting in death against the Ford driver. The agency is continuing its investigation into the tragic incident.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that this incident marks at least the 210th traffic fatality that the state has witnessed in 2024.

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