CHERAW, S.C. — A 60-year-old moped rider died Saturday when he turned in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers.
The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Jones said Watson’s truck hit the moped when the rider tried to turn left into a private drive. Troopers did not name the rider and referred questions on his identity to the Chesterfield County coroner’s office, where no one could be reached in time for this story.
The 60-year-old Cheraw man was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Jones said.
Watson was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the wreck.
South Carolina state troopers are still investigating the Saturday collision, one of six fatalities reported on the state’s roads and highways between 6 p.m. last Friday and midnight Sunday.
Authorities said 416 people have died on South Carolina highways this year compared to 414 fatalities reported during the same time period in 2013.
This year’s deaths include 49 pedestrians, 47 motorcyclists and six bicyclists, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Of the 293 motor vehicle occupants who died in crashes this year, officials said 144 were not wearing seat belts.
Chesterfield County has had three reported highway fatalities this year and saw seven deaths on U.S. and state highways, county roads and secondary roads in 2013.