NEWBERRY, SC — A 9-year-old Whitmire boy on his bicycle died after hitting a tractor trailer in Newberry County.
The child was identified as Bennett Dalton, Newberry County coroner Craig Newton said Tuesday.
The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The boy was riding his bike out of a driveway when he was hit at Church and Odell streets. The boys bicycle struck the side the westbound 18-wheeler, the Highway Patrol reported. He was not wearing a bike helmet.
The boy was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland, where he died from his injuries just after 9 p.m., Newton said.
Whitmire is a small town east of I-26 in the middle of the Sumter National Forest.
The Highway Patrol, Whitmire City Police, Newberry County Sheriffs Department and the Newberry Coroners Office are investigating.
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