HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two 24-year-old men from Myrtle Beach were killed after the dirt bikes they were riding in the Poplar Community collided with each other Tuesday night, according to the Horry County Coroner's Office.
James Lane and Malachi Mack both died of their injuries when the bikes collided with each other, confirmed Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.
The collision happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night on Vera Road in the Poplar Community, McSpadden said.
WMBF News talked with family of Lane. Cousins, PJ Kelly and Ray Ray Linvingston said dirt bike riding was a hobby of both victims. "It was an everyday thing we never expected that to happen like that. Not something we do every day, it's what we do to have fun," said Livingston.
Both victims graduated from Myrtle Beach High School family said. Kelly said he called 911 as he noticed the two men on the dirt road and the bikes were stacked on top of each other. "It's crazy I couldn't believe it, I didn't want to believe it at first, but how they were just lying there and as I was pulling up the boxes were stacked up and I knew they had crashed. I just ran back down the road and got my momma I couldn't see it," added Kelly.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating this case, McSpadden added. SCHP said the two victims were not wearing helmets when they collided.