Harley Davidson rider died in Sumter County, SC crash: Cops

A motorcycle rider was killed in a crash with a car over the weekend, South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Allen Moffitt, a 74-year-old Sumter resident, died after the two-vehicle collision, which happened at about 10:50 a.m. Sunday, according to authorities.

Both a 1986 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2011 Infiniti were heading north on U.S. 15 in Sumter County when the wreck occurred, Sgt. Sonny Collins of the Highway Patrol said. That’s about 5 miles south of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter.

Near the intersection with Lewis Road, Moffitt made an unlawful lane change and crashed into the car, according to Collins.

The motorcycle rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a Prisma Health hospital in Richland County where he died, Collins said.

The person driving the Infiniti was not hurt, according to Collins. There was no word if the car driver was wearing a seat belt.

No other injuries were reported by Highway Patrol.

An autopsy is scheduled at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The crash continues to be investigated by Highway Patrol and the coroner’s office.

It was the second deadly wreck in Sumter County over the weekend.

A 2019 Dodge Challenger was heading east on U.S. 378, in the Wateree Swamp area when it ran off the side of the road and hit a tree at about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to Collins.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, and a passenger was taken to an area hospital, Collins said.

Further information on the passenger’s condition was not made available. There was no word if the passenger was wearing a seat belt.

Through Friday afternoon, 42 motorcycle riders were among the 366 people who have been killed on South Carolina roads this year, according to the Department of Public Safety. In those collisions 15 crash victims were not wearing a helmet, DPS reported.

At least 15 people have been killed in Sumter County crashes in 2021, including two motorcycle riders, according to DPS.

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