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One Killed, Another Injured in DUI Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A man has been charged with DUI in accident that killed a teenager.

Details about the Fatal DUI Accident

WSPA News is reporting that a man has been charged with felony DUI after being involved in an accident that killed a teenager and seriously injured another person, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to police, the accident happened near Landrum along Highway 14 and Lexington Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 42-year-old Harley Simms Beck, of Fountain Inn, was driving his 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck when he rear ended a motorcycle.

19-year-old Chloe Allison Duncan was a passenger of the motorcycle at the time of the accident, according to trooper. Duncan was then ejected from the vehicle. The victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was killed at the scene, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver of the motorcycle, was also not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and had to be airlifted to the Spartanburg Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries. He remains in critical condition, according to the hospital.

Harley Beck has been charged with felony DUI including death and felony DUI causing great bodily injury according to the highway patrol.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of motorcyclists that happen every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
  • Helmets are proven to be about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities.
  • Helmets have also proven to be about 67 percent effective in preventing head and brain injuries.


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