Bicyclist Killed in South Carolina Crash; Firefighter Hit Responding to Scene


January 08, 2019

MYRTLE BEACH, SC. – A bicyclist was killed after being struck by a vehicle on January 1 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to an online news article from wbtw.com. A firefighter who responded to the scene of the accident was then struck by another vehicle and injured.*

At approximately 3:40 a.m. on January 1, a Chevrolet SUV traveling southbound on Conbraco Circle in Myrtle Beach struck two bicyclists. One of the bicyclists was injured and transported to Conway Medical. The other bicyclist died at the scene. Neither has been identified, and the condition of the surviving cyclist has not been reported. 

The driver of the SUV, who has also not been identified, was not injured. Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the scene, and a Jeep passing by struck a fire truck and one of the firefighters. The unidentified firefighter was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Horry County Fire Rescue reported that he had since been released.

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as 24-year-old Amyra Johnson (city not reported). She has been charged with driving too fast for conditions. Authorities in Myrtle Beach are still investigating the accident and have not released additional information at this time. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 840 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2016. In collisions like these, bicyclists are far more likely to suffer serious injuries than drivers or passengers in motor vehicles. Most bicyclist deaths occur at night, and 71 percent occur in urban areas, compared to 29 percent in rural areas. 

Men were 5.6 times more likely to be killed in bicycle accidents in 2016 than women. In addition, NHTSA found that 35 percent of all fatal bicycle accidents in 2016 involved alcohol consumption on the part of at least one party. 

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Sources:
https://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/bicyclist-hit-and-killed-on-hwy-501-early-tuesday-morning/1682102368
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety

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