Bystander tried to save motorcyclist after Folly Beach wreck

Sue Cushman made a valiant effort to save a young man’s life after he wrecked his motorcycle Saturday night on Folly Beach.

Jonathan Irvin, 26, of James Island had slammed his motorcycle into the rear of a parked SUV at about 6 p.m. at East Cooper and East 2nd Street.

Cushman, 43, of Folly Beach saw the wreck and ran over to help. Irvin was bleeding badly, his eyes already fixed, no discernible pulse.

Cushman said she remembered her CPR training from when she was 12 and started working on him.

“I would hope somebody would do the same thing for me,” she said.

Cushman said he was breathing again when EMTs arrived.

But Irvin was hurt too badly to survive. He was pronounced dead from his injuries at Medical University Hospital about a half hour later, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators believe Irvin was speeding and driving recklessly before the crash, Charleston County Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.

Folly Beach Public Safety dispatchers had received several calls about the motorcycle before the crash, he said.

Cushman was crushed to learn Sunday that Irvin had died.

“What an incredible feeling to think you saved somebody’s life, but then when they die later anyway, you can’t help but beat yourself up,” she said, fighting back tears.



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