The thrill of a fast ride on a motorcycle through Goose Creek ended in death for a young sailor Saturday night.
The 20-year-old was going so fast before he crashed that a state trooper couldn’t keep up with him, according to an incident report released Monday.
The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office was still trying to reach the man’s family Monday and had not yet released his name. He was stationed at the Naval Weapons Station near Goose Creek, according to the report.
The young man had bought the gray and white Honda motorcycle just a month earlier, according to the report. A state trooper said he spotted the motorcycle on St. James Avenue near Crowfield Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. going 76 mph in a 45 mph speed zone. The bike made a right turn across two lanes of traffic onto Crowfield Boulevard and passed vehicles on the right shoulder, according to the report. The officer gave up following the motorcycle but was called to the accident scene not long afterward.
The bike went onto the shoulder of Crowfield Boulevard to pass a car near Westview Drive and wrecked, Coroner Bill Salisbury said. The rider was thrown, and his head hit a sign post, according to witnesses. He died a few hours later at Medical University Hospital.
The man had no visible injuries but suffered a serious brain injury, doctors told state troopers. Tests showed no signs of alcohol in his system, according to the report.
The coroner’s office will release his name after his family is notified.
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