Black Bike Week 2007 News

From, posted May 25, 2007


A 30-year-old Virginia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday evening in Myrtle Beach, the second fatality of this year's Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

The crash happened at 8:23 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 17 Business and 62nd Avenue North.

The victim's identity is not being released pending notification of the family.

Early indications are that the collision occurred as a Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on U.S. 17 took a left in front of the southbound motorcycle, according to Capt. David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The Tahoe driver was a 22-year-old woman from Maryland, Knipes said.

On Thursday night, a 31-year-old was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle and was struck by another vehicle, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Derrick M. Kelly of Stone Mountain, Ga., died from injuries suffered in the crash that happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday on S.C. 544, the Highway Patrol said.

Kelly worked with the Dekalb County Fire Department in Tucker, Ga, Capt. Eric L. Jackson said on Friday morning.

Kelly, heading eastbound on S.C. 544, lost control of his 2005 Yamaha, laid down his bike and was then struck by a Cadillac also heading eastbound, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The impact also sent the victim's motorcycle into the westbound lane, Collins said, where it collided with a Mercury Sable.

The collision ignited the gas tank on the Sable, though no other injuries were reported beyond the fatality, Collins said.

Photos of the accident scene by below:


Posted Sunday, May 27, 2007

2 killed in motorcycle wreck

By Kelly Marshall Fuller and Josh Hoke - The Sun News

Two people died in a crash involving a motorcycle late Saturday, bringing the number of those killed at this year's Bikefest to four.

Both were on a motorcycle that became trapped underneath another vehicle, said Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes.

Saturday's wreck occured about 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of Kings Highway and 27th Avenue South, said Tony Flaherty in the Horry County Emergency Operations Center.

It remained under investigation late Saturday and further details, including the identities of those involved and information on any other injuries, were not available.

Two Bikefest motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes on Thursday and Friday, according to Myrtle Beach Police and the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The identity of the victim in a Friday crash was released late Saturday.

On Friday, Harry Brown Jr., 31, a member of the U.S. Navy, died after colliding with a sport utility vehicle at the intersection of 62nd Avenue North and Kings Highway, police said.

Brown, of Dahlgren, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:20 p.m. Friday, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Knipes said the Myrtle Beach police and the S.C. Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team are reconstructing Friday's crash at 62nd Avenue North and will have a more thorough explanation of the wreck once their investigation is complete.

A day earlier, an Atlanta-area firefighter attending the Bikefest was killed in a collision near Surfside Beach.

Derrick Kelly, 31, of Stone Mountain, Ga., lost control of his bike on S.C. 544 and was struck by another vehicle, according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A car in an adjacent lane hit Kelly and his motorcycle, knocking them both into oncoming traffic, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Another car then hit the motorcycle, causing damage to the bike's fuel tank and sparking a fire on the car.

Three people died as a result of motorcycle crashes during the spring Harley-Davidson rally, which ended May 20.

Saturday's fatalities marred what otherwise had been a busy but routine day for the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

"It is congested but traffic is moving," Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol said earlier Saturday evening.

"During the daytime, it seems to be the worst in the North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach area. During the evening hours, we are seeing some congestion on the north end, but it's moving toward Myrtle Beach."

Most of the tickets issued during the two biker events were for speeding violations, police said.

By 2 a.m. Saturday, Horry County Police had cited 206 drivers, 89 of them for speeding. By Saturday evening they'd reported 20 motorcycle-related crashes for the day, 76 since the beginning of Bikefest.