HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A three-vehicle collision around 7:15 Wednesday night on Highway 17 Business in Garden City killed a motorcycle driver.
According to Cpl. Sonny Collins, the driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2007 Hyundai Elantra were traveling north when the driver of a 2011 Ford Flex SUV started to turn left onto Atlantic Avenue, in front of the motorcycle.
According to Fowler, the victim is 31-year-old Robin Baker of Garden City. Fowler says Baker was not wearing a helmet, and died on the scene.
As the investigation continues local bikers who knew Baker call for drivers to be more aware on the roads.
“We need an awareness for people to watch out for us on two wheels because somebody sitting in a 3200 pound car with doors around you and four wheels and all that. For you a small accident, it means nothing, a fender bender and you go get your car fixed. Unfortunately, on two wheels when there’s an accident, it’s very well likely somebody’s going to die,” Bill Barber, SBB General Manager said.
Barber says he met Baker when he moved to the area and he quickly became an important part of the SBB family. Most of the staff knows him as “Robbie.”
“He had a personality that was so bright and cheerful. He had an intoxicating smile. I never ever seen him without a smile on his face. He was always to friendly to everybody. everyone here loved him. He was like my son,” Barber said.
But Barber knows how dangerous the roads can be for those on motorcycles.
“Well I love riding. I’ve been riding all my life but at I gotten older and lost more and more friends over the years. I’ve become very cautious. I’m watching all the corners and I’m watching intersections.”
Traffic was temporarily diverted around the crash in northbound lanes of 17 Business. Drivers were asked to avoid the area if possible as crews work to clear the scene.
According to the Highway Patrol, the crash is still under investigation, but no charges have been filed at this point.
Baker’s family at SBB now hope that his death won’t be in vain.
“I hope that his legacy for our community is for people to be more aware of people on motorcycles and mopeds and people crossing the street and intersections. They’ve got to me more aware of what’s going on around them.”