West Columbia, SC man killed in motorcycle crash, coroner says

A West Columbia man in a motorcycle accident died nearly three weeks after the sinking, the Lexington County coroner’s office said on Sunday.

Dustin Douglas Chaney died at an area hospital on Saturday, Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a press release.

The 29-year-old was involved in a collision between two vehicles on September 5, according to Fisher.

Chaney was riding a motorcycle on US 321 / Charleston Highway and turning onto Pine Ridge Drive when he collided with a vehicle heading in the opposite direction, Fisher said. It’s about a mile from the South Carolina State Farmer’s Market, near Interstate 26.

Chaney was not wearing a helmet, according to Fisher.

No other injuries were reported.

The wreckage has been investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Chaney,” said Fisher.

As of Friday afternoon, 115 motorcyclists were among the 811 people who died on South Carolina roads in 2021, according to data from the State Department of Public Safety. That’s well ahead of the 88 motorcyclists who were killed in crashes around the same time last year.

At least 40 people were killed in crashes in Lexington County in 2021, and four involved a motorcycle, according to the DPS.


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