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A South Carolina motorcyclist was killed on the afternoon of Nov. 2 as he was riding his motorcycle on U.S. 321. His family says that the motorcycle accident was preventable. A car pulled out of a business right into the path of the man called a “gentle giant” by his family. The rider was unable to avoid hitting the woman’s car.

The 300-pound man, who would dress up as Santa Claus at Christmas, was thrown off his bike. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the man’s brother says that his helmet, which was regulation, shifted somehow. In doing so, it exposed the back of his head on the left side, which hit the ground. He was taken to an area hospital, but medical personnel were not able to save him.

According to the motorcycle rider’s brother, officials believe he may have survived the accident if his helmet had stayed on properly during the crash. The investigation into the accident that took the life of this beloved South Carolina man is still underway. It could be some time before charges, if any, are filed.

There is no indication yet whether the family will exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties that may be culpable for the victim’s death in this tragic motorcycle accident. For now, the family just wants to remind people to pay closer attention and look out for motorcycles, which may be more difficult to see if a driver isn’t careful. The man’s brother is planning a memorial motorcycle ride to honor the life of his brother. Nearly 30 motorcycle riders are already expected to join him.

Source:, Motorcyclist’s survivors: Look out for bikes, Michael Barrett, Nov. 4, 2013

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