Victim identified in fatal Horry County motorcycle crash

Victim identified in fatal Horry County motorcycle crash

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a fatal accident Saturday night at 8:45 p.m., which involved the collision of a Harley Davidson and Honda SUV on US-17 near Coventry Road.

According to SCHP, the driver of the Harley sustained fatal injuries and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the SUV was taken to Grand Strand with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Harley is identified as 29-year-old Bobby Allen Evans from Myrtle Beach, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Evans, better known as "Slim," is remembered as an active, fun, friendly person who loved his motorcycle.

"You don't think it's going to happen to you then it does and it's one of the worst experiences of my life," said Chris Owens, Slim's stepson.

Owens said Slim was on his way to his house when the accident happened. He said an SUV tried making a right turn from Coventry Road while Slim was riding north on 17 Bypass.

"He told me he'd be at my house in 15 minutes and an hour went by, so I started looking for him," Owens said.

Owens' family members came upon the accident.

At the crash scene a couple of days later, pieces of the motorcycle were still scattered around. Owens and Slim's friends picked some up to keep in his memory.

"He didn't want nothing else but to be on that bike," Owens said.

Slim has been part of Owens' life for 10 years.

"He'd say, 'C'mon let's go. We're going to go fishing or go on the river,'" Owens remembered. "Or he'd be getting on the bike and wanting us to follow him somewhere. He's always on the go."

Owens credits Slim for his decision to pursue a college education.

"Whenever I was growing up, he was in college and I saw him go get his masters degree and all of that and he was one of the smartest people I knew, so I tried to be as much as I could like that," he said.

Slim's legacy goes far beyond his family.

"It's devastating," Owens said. "It's hard to be close to one friend. He was so close to many. Many people consider him their best friend and that's just how he was."

Slim's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at McMilllan-Small Funeral Home followed by a memorial at The Boathouse.

Owens said he does not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident and he also said the crash was so serious, he doesn't think a helmet would've saved Slim's life.

This accident is still under investigation, according to SCHP.

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