March 23, 2014

Motorcyclist killed early Sunday in head-on collision on Broad River Road

The motorcyclist killed in an early morning head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car has been identified as a 53-year-old North Carolina man.

John Joseph Harrell, of Teachey, N.C., died at the scene from injuries received in the crash, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. on Broad River Road at Pet Sites Road, which is about five miles northwest of Harbison State Forest, north of Columbia.

Harrell’s motorcycle swerved directly into the path of an oncoming Toyota Camry, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported earlier.

The 1999 Toyota was traveling east on Broad River Road when a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle going west and operated by Harrell “for unknown reasons ... veered across the center line and struck the Toyota head-on,” trooper Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Neither of the Toyota’s two occupants were injured.

Harrell was not wearing a helmet. His home town, Teachey, is about 25 miles north of Wilmington.

The Highway Patrol and Watts are continuing to investigate.

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