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Report: Crash victim rides stolen motorcycle during deadly collision Friday

Source: NMB Official Source: NMB Official

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Georgia man was killed in a motorcycle involved collision on Highway 17 Friday, and police say further investigation revealed the motorcycle was stolen.

Ed Daniel Leatherwood, 30, from Rex, GA, died of injuries sustained when his motorcycle struck a boat being towed on Highway 17 near Barefoot Landing, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner, Michelle McSpadden.

A police report from the North Myrtle Beach Police Department states an officer initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle for improper display, and after the officer engaged his blue lights, Leatherwood accelerated his speed. According to the responding officer, the driver “was southbound out of the city.” The report says prior to accelerating, the officer, and the driver of the bike were stopped at a traffic light. The officer saw Leatherwood point to a parking lot, and a passenger exited the bike.

Shortly after, the responding officer reported that the motorcycle had been involved in an accident. According to the officer, and witnesses, the motorcycle accelerated at a high rate of speed, and as the motorcycle traveled through the intersection at 48th Avenue South and US 17, traffic was turning left. According to the report, a Dodge pick-up truck pulling a boat was turning left when the motorcycle struck the trailer and boat. The motorcycle flew, and landed about 100 feet from the collision, according to the police report.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the motorcycle driver disregarded a stop light while turning left. The biker was not wearing a helmet, according to Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle's VIN revealed that it was stolen out of Alabama, police say.

No charges will be filed.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m.

By 7 p.m., all lanes of Highway 17 Southbound were reopened near 48th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach

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