Lexington, SC man dies when motorcycle hits truck: officials

A Lexington man was killed Monday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a pickup truck, South Carolina officials said.

Shane Lee Baxley is the motorcyclist who died in the crash, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Tuesday. The 44-year-old was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene, according to Fisher.

The collision between two vehicles happened around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Jim Spence Road and Pat Road in Lexington, said Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. It is in the area between SC 6 and SC 302, approximately 4 miles from Lexington County Airport.

Baxley was riding a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on Jim Spence Road, according to Tidwell. A northbound 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck was turning left onto Jim Spence Road and was struck by the motorcycle, Tidwell said.

The driver of the van was uninjured and remained at the scene, according to Fisher.

No other injuries were reported.

Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.

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Motorcycles are everywhere Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

“Motorcycles are everywhere, but they’re small, easily obscured by other vehicles and roadside structures, and sometimes hard to see,” the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday when promoting the Month of motorcycle safety awareness. “Motorists should closely watch for motorcycles in all directions at intersections. Avoid turns – especially left turns in oncoming traffic – at yellow lights in case an approaching motorcycle crosses the intersection.

As of Monday, 330 people have died in crashes in South Carolina in 2022, including 38 bikers, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

At least 11 people have been killed in Lexington County crashes in 2022, and this is the fourth involving a motorcycle, DPS reported.

In 2021, 159 bikers were among the 1,192 people who died on South Carolina roads, according to DPS. Five of the 57 fatal crashes in Lexington County last year involved a motorcycle, according to DPS data.

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