Former Horry Co. deputy killed in Seaboard St. crash

Published: Jun. 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Officials have identified the motorcyclist killed following an accident on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach Wednesday night as a former Horry County Sheriff's Deputy.

Tamara Willard, Deputy Coroner with the Horry County Coroner's Office, says the motorcyclist, identified as 39-year-old Joe Floyd Jr., died Wednesday night at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center at 9:42 p.m.

Chief Deputy Paul Butler with the Horry County Sheriff's Office tells WMBF News that Floyd worked as a sheriff's deputy for 13 years, and retired about a year ago.

Sheriff Phillip Thompson said Floyd loved his job in law enforcement.

"He was a fun guy," Thompson said. "He was a hard-working young man - very dedicated to his job, to his profession.

"Joe really loved being a law enforcement officer. He took a lot of pride in it, and he was very much a gentleman."

Thompson said Floyd was originally from the Green Sea Floyds area, and he played football at Clemson. He said last year an injury forced Floyd into a medical retirement.

"He wasn't happy about that, but he understood what the issues were and what the problems were."

Captain David Knipes, spokesman for Myrtle Beach Police, said Floyd was riding his motorcycle southbound on Seaboard Street from Hwy 501, when he crossed the raised concrete divider, swiped a Lincoln Navigator then collided with a Chevy Tahoe.

Floyd was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Witnesses on the scene told WMBF News that Floyd flew about 15 feet into the air over the median, before his bike crashed head-on into the Tahoe.

That median was added in August of 2010, as part of a new traffic light at Seaboard Street and Oak Forest Lane. The city's street engineer Patrick Sadek said they have worked to improve both intersections in the area.

The woman driving the Tahoe did not appear to sustain any injuries in the accident, but was taken to the hospital for observation as a precaution.

The accident is still under investigation, Knipes said.  Officers have not said if Floyd was wearing a helmet.

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