A 21-year-old Columbia man has been charged with felony driving under the influence in the death of a motorcycle rider early Saturday in Columbia.
Austin Tyler Deese was in the Richland County jail Saturday. Authorities say the sport utility vehicle he was driving collided with the motorcycle just after 3 a.m. in the 400 block of Pickens Street.
The motorcycle rider, identified as 26-year-old Joseph T. McCarty of 24 Bluff Road, was pronounced dead on arrival at Palmetto Health Richland at 4:07 a.m.
Columbia police said the Chevy Taho that Deese was driving struck the motorcycle from behind.
- Sammy Fretwell