A motorcycle rider died from injuries sustained in a fatal crash that took place on Wednesday, March 11. The accident took place in Lexington County.
According to the details shared by the Lexington County Coroner’s Office, the motorcycle rider was riding southbound on the Leesville road when the unfortunate incident happened. As he reached the 600 block of the Old Lexington Road, the rider apparently lost control of the vehicle.
Authorities have since identified the victim of the crash as Peter W. Chavis, 45, of Batesburg. As Chavis lost control of his motorcycle, it left the roadway and veered to aside. It was then that the motorcycle crashed into a tree, fatally injuring Chavis.
According to Lexington County’s Coroner Margaret Fisher, Chavis was not wearing a helmet at the time of collision. He was pronounced dead at the site of the accident.
The accident happened on Wednesday night. Authorities were notified of it at about 9:25 p.m. The police initially did not reveal the identity of the victim. This is the standard protocol, especially in accidents that result in a fatality. The identity is revealed once the victim’s family has been informed about the tragedy.
Investigations into the incident are still ongoing. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the investigations. In doing so, it is assisted by other local agencies and departments such as the Coroner’s Office. A key concern for the authorities at this time is to determine exactly how Chavis lost control of the vehicle, leading to the crash. Road conditions are often a cause in single-vehicle accidents. Police have also not ruled out other common causes such as speeding and alcohol. The actual cause of the crash will be known once the police conclude their investigations and preliminary findings are shared with the public.