Driver Facing Charges After Striking and Killing Moped Rider in Tragic Spartanburg County Crash
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC- Wyff4.com writes that a deadly crash took place in Spartanburg County earlier this week on New Cut Road at its intersection with Brisack Road. The early morning incident occurred when a woman operating a 1998 Jeep drove into a moped rider throwing the victim from his vehicle.*
The 56-year-old man on the moped was not using a helmet at the time, and he died from his injuries. Police have now filed charges against the 28-year-old woman operating the Jeep for a failure to yield. The road was shut down for about two hours following the tragic collision.
Motorcyclists and moped riders are at risk compared to other vehicles. Without the protection of the outer shell that cars provide, two-wheeled vehicles place motorcyclists in a vulnerable position. Adding to the risks faced by these motorists is the fact their vehicles are far smaller than other cars on the road. Drivers often fail to notice motorcyclists and therefore enter their path either cutting them off or turning in front of them. While the driver may be at fault, the motorcyclist is the one who will often lose his or her life in these instances.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety by wearing bright colored clothes or reflective gear and by using headlights at night or in dim lighting. Another way to reduce the risk of deadly injuries is always to wear a helmet that is certified by the Department of Transportation. Many motorcyclists die from head injuries, and helmets reduce the risk of both death as well as traumatic brain injuries.
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Sources:https://www.wyff4.com/article/coroner-called-to-crash-in-spartanburg-county-morning-commute-moped/30607208 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/motorcycles-and-atvs