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Tractor trailer killed Columbia motorcycle rider in hit & run crash, SC cops say

UPDATE: The vehicle that fatally struck a Columbia man on a motorcycle last Saturday night was identified as a tractor-trailer truck with either a white or silver box trailer, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Original Story

The motorcycle rider who was killed in a Saturday night hit & run collision was identified as a Columbia man, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.

A search is underway for the driver who hit the Columbia man.

The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. at the 63 mile marker on Interstate 20, said Trooper First Class Tyler Tidwell, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Jeffrey Jay Wurtz died at the scene from injuries suffered in the wreck, Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release Sunday.

The 44-year-old was not wearing a helmet and “appeared to have laid down his motorcycle prior to being struck by a vehicle,” Fisher said.

Fisher said the driver who hit Wurtz did not stop after the crash by the Bush River Road exit on I-20, near the area commonly referred to as Malfunction Junction.

Wurtz was heading home to his family — a fiancee, daughter and step daughter — when the collision occurred, according to an online fundraiser.

He was riding a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle west on I-20 before being hit by another vehicle heading in the same direction, according to Tidwell.

Highway Patrol is asking for help identifying the driver of the vehicle that struck Wurtz.

Anyone with any information, or who was in the area during the time of the collision, is asked to contact Highway Patrol at 803-737-8323 or 800-768-1501, or by reporting it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the collision.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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