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Deputy coroner IDs victim of fatal moped accident

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - First responders with Surfside Beach and Horry County were called out to a fatal accident Thursday night on Highway 17 Business. 

Billie Ann Waylon, 63, was killed in the crash, according to Michelle McSpadden, deputy coroner. Waylon was from the Myrtle Beach area.

The incident happened at 10:40 P.M. Thursday.

Police have opened an investigation and the incident is being treated as a hit-and-run. After the collision what's reported to be a black SUV fled the scene and headed north on Hwy 17 Business.

Witnesses to the collision described the SUV as possibly a black Dodge Journey with out-of-state plates. According to Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah, the black SUV will have damage to the right front area of the vehicle.

"This case is actively being investigated by SBPD Officers and Investigators, Horry County Coroner's Office, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT)," Keziah stated.

Anyone who has any information on this accident is asked to call SBPD Investigators at 843-913-6368.

This is the second moped accident in Horry County in two days. 18-year-old Craig Jeffers from Ruckersville, Virginia was killed in a moped accident on SC-22 Wednesday night.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Sonny Collins said most moped accidents involve a vehicle hitting the moped from behind, which is the case in both of these accidents.

Hearing about these accidents has Representative Alan Clemmons, R - Horry County, emphasizing a bill he co-sponsored calling for moped safety. The bill would require moped riders to wear reflective vests and have a flashing read tail light.

 The bill passed through the South Carolina House of Representatives, but it stalled in the Senate. It'll be picked up again in January.

"It is frustrating to see that," Rep. Clemmons said. "Here's a bill that can save lives, arguably would've saved two lives here in Myrtle Beach."

Bill Boggs rents mopeds and also rides them himself. He said he's always extra careful and warns his customers to be too.

"I'm very cautious," he said. "I watch my surroundings. I'm not person who has tunnel vision, so I'm constantly watching everything."

He said the responsibility is on all drivers to pay attention.

"It's a 50/50 thing with vehicles and with scooters," he said. "Everybody has to be aware with what's surrounding them."

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