Motorcycle crash victim identified

Motorcycle crash victim identified

There are 103 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 24, 2008, titled Motorcycle crash victim identified. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

The identity of a 58-year-old Wytheville, Va., man who died Wednesday after a motorcycle wreck in Conway, was released Thursday by Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

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Since: Jun 08

Murrells Inlet, SC

#1 Jul 24, 2008
Why does the Sun News ALWAYS make note of whether or not a helmet was worn? It is not a law for someone 21 and over to wear a helmet and the rider was 58 years old.

My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Cassell.
partee

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 Jul 24, 2008
I feel so sad for the daughter to have witnessed this terrible tragedy. I sympathize with her loss and the rest of her family.
wgs

Rural Hall, NC

#3 Jul 24, 2008
It amazes me that their is a question about whether the driver will be charged. Ran a stop sign/stop light? Why wouldn't that be a charge?
hdk

Pawleys Island, SC

#4 Jul 24, 2008
I saw the accident happen. The driver of the car was turning left and was already in the intersection when the light turned yellow, so he/she went to turn and the motorcycle ran the light and tboned him/her. So technically the driver of the car is not at fault.
Teri

Conway, SC

#5 Jul 24, 2008
They keep saying stop sign, it was a stop light! Maybe they are trying to decide if there will be a charge,, not sure.
wgs wrote:
It amazes me that their is a question about whether the driver will be charged. Ran a stop sign/stop light? Why wouldn't that be a charge?
passerby

Columbia, SC

#6 Jul 24, 2008
didn't the car flip upside down?
retlaw

Pawleys Island, SC

#7 Jul 24, 2008
hdk wrote:
I saw the accident happen. The driver of the car was turning left and was already in the intersection when the light turned yellow, so he/she went to turn and the motorcycle ran the light and tboned him/her. So technically the driver of the car is not at fault.
I hope you gave that information to the police officer who investigated the accident. Be prepared to testify in court when you are subpeonaed.
All reports say the car ran the sign/signal, whatever.
RDR

Myrtle Beach, SC

#8 Jul 24, 2008
hdk wrote:
I saw the accident happen. The driver of the car was turning left and was already in the intersection when the light turned yellow, so he/she went to turn and the motorcycle ran the light and tboned him/her. So technically the driver of the car is not at fault.
BS !!!

Since: Jun 08

United States

#9 Jul 24, 2008
Cars should be outlawed. They keep killing motorcyclists!
What really happened

Myrtle Beach, SC

#10 Jul 24, 2008
You say all reports say that the car ran the red light. This is the only article that was printed. The car actually did not run the stop light/ the motorcycle did. I was at the scene and saw the entire accident. The police report has not even been released so the newspaper is printing false statements. They do not know what really happened. None of you really know what happened unless you were the driver of the motorcycle,the driver of the vehicle, or a witness at the scene. I give my condolensces to the family that lost their loved one. The truth will come out after the police have done their investigation.
Teri

Conway, SC

#11 Jul 24, 2008
I agree, lets wait and see waht the police report says. It's terrible either way, but we shouldn't rush to judgment until we know the facts.
What really happened wrote:
You say all reports say that the car ran the red light. This is the only article that was printed. The car actually did not run the stop light/ the motorcycle did. I was at the scene and saw the entire accident. The police report has not even been released so the newspaper is printing false statements. They do not know what really happened. None of you really know what happened unless you were the driver of the motorcycle,the driver of the vehicle, or a witness at the scene. I give my condolensces to the family that lost their loved one. The truth will come out after the police have done their investigation.
loud pipes save lives

Laurinburg, NC

#12 Jul 24, 2008
NAACP hater wrote:
Cars should be outlawed. They keep killing motorcyclists!
Lets at least try to ban car drivers.My children have trouble sleeping when cars are driving and all those cars make me feel like a hostage in my own home!
Wampee Man

Irving, TX

#13 Jul 24, 2008
Why does the Sun News think it's so important to report whether a motorcycle rider was or was not wearing a helmet? If the person is over 21, it's NOT AGAINST THE LAW for that person not to wear one if they choose. Why not report whether or not he was wearing gloves or long pants!
Teri

Conway, SC

#14 Jul 24, 2008
I guess the same reason why they always tell you whether a person was or wasn't wearing a seatbelt. I believe that seatbelts save lives, however on a bike I'm not sure how much a helmet would help.Seems like your body would have some much trauma from an impact that you would probably die from that.
Wampee Man wrote:
Why does the Sun News think it's so important to report whether a motorcycle rider was or was not wearing a helmet? If the person is over 21, it's NOT AGAINST THE LAW for that person not to wear one if they choose. Why not report whether or not he was wearing gloves or long pants!
Bike Lover

Myrtle Beach, SC

#15 Jul 24, 2008
What does not wearing a helmet have to do with dying from 'INTERNAL INJURIES'? Would the helmet have saved the motorcyclist? ABATE, please keep an eye on the State Senate. They will soon try to pass a helmet law. Every time we hear about a car mowing down a motorcycle, the next sentence is, he/she was not wearing a helmet and usually no charges are filed. It's time to hold the drivers of cars responsible for their actions and stop blameing the lack of a helmet on the deaths.
Train

Pelion, SC

#16 Jul 24, 2008
I think we will have another battle this year due to all the accidents and Bike Week Issues !!!
Our thought go out to the family !!!
ruralroute

Conway, SC

#17 Jul 24, 2008
The newspaper is far from an official, or even accurate report. Often it is biased, depending on the attitude of the editor. Whether there is a light or a sign is a big factor obviously, due to the changing of a light, and the consistency of the right of way with a sign. Speed can also be a factor, ETOH levels, etc. This is a sad reality of the attitudes that occupy the highways of our community. I think calling it an accident is bogus. It is a wreck due to someone's neglegence, and that person should be held 100% liable.
What really happened wrote:
You say all reports say that the car ran the red light. This is the only article that was printed. The car actually did not run the stop light/ the motorcycle did. I was at the scene and saw the entire accident. The police report has not even been released so the newspaper is printing false statements. They do not know what really happened. None of you really know what happened unless you were the driver of the motorcycle,the driver of the vehicle, or a witness at the scene. I give my condolensces to the family that lost their loved one. The truth will come out after the police have done their investigation.
Screamineagle

United States

#18 Jul 24, 2008
What really happened wrote:
You say all reports say that the car ran the red light. This is the only article that was printed. The car actually did not run the stop light/ the motorcycle did. I was at the scene and saw the entire accident. The police report has not even been released so the newspaper is printing false statements. They do not know what really happened. None of you really know what happened unless you were the driver of the motorcycle,the driver of the vehicle, or a witness at the scene. I give my condolensces to the family that lost their loved one. The truth will come out after the police have done their investigation.
BS!!!
The daughter is a witness and the two people that gave aid are on record as witnesses that she ran the light. Don't start that BS on here. Go back to your dumb dump the rally comments.
Richard

Conway, SC

#19 Jul 24, 2008
Stop light at that intersection, not stop sign. This was at the int of 501 and Four Mile Rd/Hwy 548. I came up on it just minutes after it happened. The Toyota was on its roof and the bike was beside it in the center of the intersection.

Kinda tough to say who was to blame, likely shared blame. If the car was turning left across traffic as the light was yellow/turning red I can see how the accident occurred. I don't know if the bike tried to make it through the light before it turned red, but people run that light ALL THE TIME- I've almost been hit once and my wife twice after we get the green light to pull out and someone on 501 floors it to make the light, only to pass through the intersection long after the light has turned red. I've seen quite a few wrecks there over the years as I live near there. Why can't we get a cop to sit there and burn the light runners? Seems to me like that would help a little.
Richard

Conway, SC

#20 Jul 24, 2008
I should state my comments are general in nature and not intended to insinuate that the rider ran the light. I don't know. But the daughter of the rider I would guess would not be a credible witness. The poster above, however, was an eyewitness. I find it interesting Screamineagle, that your anger towards the locals because of the bike rally issue allows you to discredit the statements of two eyewitnesses in favor of what you've read or heard second-hand about what other people have said they saw. WHERE did anyone in this comment section make ANY "dumb dump the rally" comments???

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