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Motorcycle rider killed attempting illegal pass in Richland County crash, SC cops say

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A motorcycle rider was killed Wednesday in a Richland County crash, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The deadly collision occurred just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Farrow Road and Hobart Road, Lance Cpl. David Jones said. That is near Westwood High School.

The person riding a 2014 Honda motorcycle was heading south on Farrow Road behind a 2016 Honda SUV, according to Jones.

When the driver of the SUV started to make a left-hand turn onto Hobart, the motorcycle rider attempted to pass and crashed into the driver’s side of the larger vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol.

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The motorcycle rider crossed solid double yellow lines when trying to pass and collided into the SUV, Jones said.

The motorcycle rider died at the scene of the wreck, the Highway Patrol reported.

The person’s identity will be released by the Richland County Coroner’s Office once the next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the SUV was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash, which is under investigation, the Highway Patrol said.

This is the third motorcycle rider killed on a Midlands road in as many days.

Around noon Monday, a 19-year-old Irmo man riding a motorcycle was killed when he hit a tractor-trailer while attempting to change lanes on Interstate 26, The State reported.

Later that night, a 32-year-old Gilbert man died when the motorcycle he was riding on SC-6 crossed the center line and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler heading in the opposite direction, according to The State. That wreck temporarily closed Lake Murray Dam.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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