By HEATHER RUPPE
A Walterboro man has critical and life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle collided with an SUV at the intersection of U.S. Highway 15 and Academy Road in Walterboro.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, when the 28-year-old motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Jefferies Highway (U.S. Highway 15) and struck the side of the SUV.
The driver of the SUV was not injured. However, the motorcyclist received “multiple, life-threatening injuries,” according to Barry McRoy, chief of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, said McRoy, which protected his head during the crash.
“Fire-Rescue units arrived quickly and began treating his injuries,” said McRoy. “The CARE Flight helicopter was placed on standby. Firefighter-Paramedics transported the man emergent to the helipad at Colleton Medical Center in Fire-Rescue Medic 19.
“Advanced airway techniques were required to secure his airway and maintain his breathing.”
According to McRoy, the motorcyclist was transferred to the Flight Crew, and was then flown by CARE Flight to the Trauma Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
As of press deadline, the man remained in critical condition.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.