Two fatal accidents in less than three days raises safety concerns

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two fatal accidents on the same stretch of highway in less than three days raises concerns.

Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 57-year-old Logan Trevino died at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was involved in a three vehicle accident Saturday night on 17-Business North of Ocean Lakes Campground. He was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Trevino is the second person to die on this highway in less than three days.

Thursday evening 18-year-old Cynthia Ayala died after her car was hit on 17-Business northbound just in front of Old Time Pottery.

Manager of Alpha Omega Computer Store said it's the roads causing the problem, and it's been a problem for awhile.

"I don't unfortunately think it's going to alarm anybody. Pretty much anybody that's here knows the area. They know how bad that spot is. It catches tourists off guard I guess. But there's at least one accident a week," Powers said.

Powers' store sits right between the two recent fatal accidents. He said he thinks it's the side roads and people not understanding them that's causing all the accidents he sees right from his store.

"I think they just get in too much of a rush and don't yield and just kinda jump out on the main road and it causes some fender benders. Of course this past few weeks it's been really bad," Powers said.

Powers said the accidents aren't just a safety hazard for drivers, they're also a headache for businesses on the strip because of the added traffic.

"It definitely dampens it, probably for a lot of places here. You got a bar down the road. You got an ice cream place where people like to go from the campground. They can't even get across the road, it gets so bad," Powers said.

Another safety issue has one New Jersey woman, Karen Baran concerned. She said even though it's not a law here to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, she always does.

The two people involved in the accident Saturday night, including the man who died, were not wearing one.

"People just need to pay more attention. There's a lot more bikes on the road than ever before-young, old. And people just need to pay more attention. We're out just wanting to enjoy ourselves just as you are in a convertible, in a truck.  I don't wanna be lying in that road and none of my friends do either," Baran said.

Saturday night's fatal accident remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed.

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