GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A military serviceman died Saturday after police say he was ejected from his motorcycle while driving recklessly in Goose Creek.
According to a Goose Creek police report, the single-vehicle wreck happened around 8 p.m. on Crowfield Boulevard, near the entrance to Carolina One Real Estate.
Officers who responded to the scene said it appeared the motorcyclist was thrown about 101 feet in the air, just off the right shoulder of the road. A witness told officers he saw the victim's head strike a sign post just after he was ejected.
Police noted the right side of the victim's helmet was significantly damaged, and the clear plastic eye protector had been knocked off. They also found what appeared to be residue from the helmet on the left support post of a traffic sign nearby.
Another officer said he was patrolling Highway 176 near Crowfield Boulevard a short time earlier and saw the motorcyclist driving about 73 miles per hour. That officer said he turned around and pursued the vehicle, trying to get close enough for a traffic stop. However, the officer said the motorcyclist continued to accelerate, made a right-hand turn across two lanes of traffic onto Crowfield Boulevard, and continued passing vehicles on the right shoulder of the road.
The officer decided to cancel pursuit. A short time later, the wreck happened, according to police.
The victim was taken to Stratford High School and then airlifted to Medical University of South Carolina. Doctors pronounced him dead about 20 minutes before midnight.
Police said the victim had owned the motorcycle for about one month. He was on active duty at the Naval Weapons Station and was wearing a uniform at the time of the crash.
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has not identified the victim.