Monday, May 23, 2005/Harley Rally Summed Up/Bikers Leave/The Sun News
Despite the large numbers that turned out for the event, there were few problems with road congestion as bikers returned home Sunday during the last day of the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Myrtle Beach Rally.
S.C. Highway Patrol officers said they think the larger crowd remaining in the area for a longer period of time contributed to a higher death toll than last year's rally. The rally is estimated to have attracted close to 300,000 participants, some who began arriving May 13. A New York resident involved in a wreck Sunday morning became the fifth person to die during the rally. There were three deaths total during the May Harley and Atlantic Beach Bikefest rallies last year, compared with 15 for the two events in 2003. Sunday's crash at 10th Avenue North and Robert M. Grissom Parkway was the first fatality associated with the rally in Myrtle Beach, police Sgt. Harry Rogers said. In 2003, there were 13 fatal crashes in Myrtle Beach during the two back-to-back biker events. Michael Kalwiss, 26, of South Hampton, N.Y., was riding with several other people in a group about 2:22 a.m. Sunday when he attempted to turn left on 10th Avenue North. He failed to yield the right of way and was struck in the side by a sport utility vehicle, said Sgt. Janet Arrington with the Myrtle Beach police. Charges have not been filed. Two of the five deaths happened near H.B. Spokes Saloon, a biker bar on S.C. 9 in the Longs area. A 43-year-old Charlotte, N.C., woman died and the man driving the bike was seriously injured early Friday after they wrecked near the bar, Highway Patrol officials said. Lolie Demopoulos was riding a 1993 Harley-Davidson driven by Alexander Adler of Wake Forest, N.C., when it was struck from behind by a Freightliner truck, Trooper Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol said. Adler was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. He remained in serious condition Sunday. The wreck is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Jurisdictional Accident Investigation team. Demopoulos, a mother of two, worked for the law firm of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine and Murray, according to The Charlotte Observer. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. today in Charlotte. She was a lifelong resident of Charlotte and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Observer said. Other deaths during this year's Harley rally were:
∑ Harvey Harold Ocallaghan, 49, of Hampstead, Md., who was killed early May 16 when his motorcycle hit a car as he traveled the wrong way in the 600 block of U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach.
∑ Gregory Cantor, 45, of Forest Hill, Md., who was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash just before 10 p.m. May 16 on S.C. 9 near H.B. Spokes. Cantor collided with an 18-wheeler as it attempted a turn off southbound S.C. 9 into a business.
∑ Paula Adkins, 37, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., who was found about 11:30 p.m. Monday along U.S. 17 Bypass near Inlet Square Mall. Adkins, who was in town for the bike rally, died at 12:09 a.m. at Waccamaw Community Hospital of internal injuries.
Adkins' death still is being investigated, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
Adkins, who came to the beach with her fiance, Michael Gust, had road rash on her body and broken bones. The injuries show she was hit by a car or thrown from a motorcycle, Willard said.
Adkins was to be married to Gust and the two had discussed their honeymoon plans just before she died, Gust told the Detroit Free Press.
Gust said that he did not know how Adkins died.
The Free Press reported that the couple split up for a short time and Gust went to his condo to get something. Adkins was found dead a short time later.
Horry County had reported a total of 120 motorcycle wrecks as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said. Myrtle Beach police issued 1,294 tickets by Sunday, said Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the department. At least 853 people were arrested. The police and fire departments had a total of 3,996 calls for service, Knipes said. As the Harley-Davidson rally wound to a close on Sunday, few traffic problems were reported. The bikers left the beach at different times and were not stuck in traffic jams, area police said. "It seems that everybody has either left town or is in the process of leaving," said Mike Shumate, a supervisor with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department. "There have been no major tie-ups," he said.
Thursday, May 20, 2005/Crash Claims Fourth Biker/By Jimmy Moore & Mitch Davis
Harley-Davidson Spring Motorcycle Rally claimed its fourth life early this
A large box truck and a motorcycle collided just after 3:30 AM. The wreck happened on Highway 9, near Buck Creek Road in Longs. Thatís about a half mile from the H.D. Spokes Saloon, which is a popular biker hangout.
The truck overturned, and trapped a passenger on the bike underneath. That person, a woman,died. Witnesses tell News13 she is from the Charlotte area. The coronerís office has not released her name. Officials are trying to reach her next of kin. Horry County Fire Department spokesman Todd Cartner says a medical helicopter airlifted the operator of the bike to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Because of federal privacy laws, News13 cannot find out the bikerís condition. The driver of the truck escaped serious injury.
Emergency crews shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 9 for about two hours. South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny Collins says it appears the biker applied brakes in front of the truck. The truck driver hit his brakes, and lost control. The truck turned over on top of the motorcycle and the passenger. Collins says a special investigation team will look into the wreck. So far, troopers do not know who was at fault.
5th Biker Fatality/Tyler Pearson/WBTW News13/Sunday, May 22, 2005
Early Sunday morning, another biker was killed. This is the fifth biker fatality during the Harley Rally. Investigators say around 2 a.m. Sunday, 26-year-old Mile Kalwiss of South Hampton, NY turned his bike in front of a Ford Explorer. It happened on Grissom Pkwy. at 10th Ave. N. Kalwiss later died at Grand Strand Memorial Hospital. Deputy Corner Tamara Willard says Kalwiss wasn't wearing a helmet.