Woman recalls moments following fatal motorcycle accident

Source: WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert
Source: WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) An investigation into a fatal motorcycle accident shut down a portion of 3rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach Saturday morning for several hours.

Francine Dukes works at the laundromat directly behind the scene of the accident. Dukes said she was opening up the store as if it was any normal Saturday morning until she heard a loud noise.

"I heard a loud crash and I just stopped what I was doing to see what it was because the crash was so loud. And the next thing I heard, the guy was really screaming. I went running over there to see what was going on and I saw a guy laying in the road and I saw what was left of a motorcycle, which was just a back tire. Everything else was just shattered," Dukes said.

"I started to give the guy CPR that was laying in the road, but when I looked at him I said, he's gone," Dukes said.

"I went over and tried to comfort his friend who was hollering and screaming and yellin... my best friend is gone," Duke said.

Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, says a biker was killed after their motorcycle collided with a car shortly after 7:15 a.m. Saturday

Police advised drivers to steer clear of 3rd Avenue South between US-501 and Highway 15 as the South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT Team and Myrtle Beach Police investigate the accident. The roadway was shut down for a majority of the morning, reopening just after 11 a.m..

Knipes says no charges have been filed at this time and the collision remains under investigation.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler identified the crash victim as 39-year-old Kevin Dunmeyer from the Charleston, SC area.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday morning, but Fowler said observations determine his preliminary cause of death to be the result of trauma to the torso and head.

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