Victim of fatal motorcycle accident identified

Published: May. 17, 2011 at 2:21 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT
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LORIS, SC (WMBF)-- The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Monday evening just off of Highway 9 near Loris.

The rider of a 1986 Harley traveling southbound on Highway 9 just south of Highway 701 struck the back of a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle around 7 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Bob Beres with SCHP.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick, there was one fatality as a result of the crash. He has identified the victim as Robert Wayne Dew, a.k.a. "Johnny", 54, of Loris.

One other victim, 48-year-old Danny Dew, Johnny's nephew, was flown to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Danny's family said the two men were riding together. They tell WMBF News Danny is in fair condition.

According to the SCHP, neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The SCHP will continue to investigate what caused the crash.

The accident marks the first fatality of the Spring Harley Rallies and is getting the attention of other bikers.

"I think it perks up your awareness a little bit you know, and you gotta keep your eyes moving and keep your distance in between the cars and make sure they see you," said Chuck McLaughlin.

Laura Hill, of Virginia, says tragedies like Monday's change the way she rides, especially at night.

"We kind of stick back to the house. We don't even go out in the cars because we know that unfortunately some of the bikers seem to not pay attention," she said.

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