Tragic Motorcycle Crash Kills One on Woodruff Road in Greenville County, South Carolina (SC)
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC- Wspa.com writes that a motorcyclist died this week in a crash that occurred in Greenville County. Reports indicate that the other driver is now facing criminal DUI charges for his role in the fatal wreck.*
The incident occurred at the intersection of Woodruff Road and Verdin Road in the later evening. The victim was riding his motorcycle eastbound when the motorist, operating a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, tried to turn left onto Verdin Road, causing the two vehicles to collide.
The victim has been identified as a 25-year-old man from Simpsonville. The driver, also from Simpsonville, is a 51-year-old man.
Charges against the driver include felony DUI resulting in death and driving with an open container.
Left turning drivers are one of the most common risks to motorcyclist safety. Even sober drivers frequently overlook motorcycles in the road. This phenomenon often leads to tragedies when motorists cut into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Of course, drunk drivers are even more inclined to cause a crash. Alcohol is a major problem when it comes to road safety in the Palmetto State. One study indicated that South Carolina has the second-highest number of deadly drunk driving crashes out of all 50 states. Only Wyoming's drunk driving death toll surpassed that of South Carolina. The study indicated that South Carolina has 6.22 DUI fatalities per every 100,000 people. In Wyoming, the numbers are slightly higher, with 7.59 fatalities for every 100,000 people in the state. On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey, the state with the fewest fatal drunk driving collisions, has 1.39 deaths for every 100,000 residents.
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