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A motorcyclist died Friday evening following a collision with an automobile on Sprinkle Avenue, according S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Judd Jones.

The collision occurred at 7:50 p.m. as the driver of the 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling west on Sprinkle Avenue.

A 1999 Mercury was traveling east on Sprinkle Avenue at the same time.

The driver of the Mercury attempted to turn left on Bleakley Street. The motorcycle then struck the Mercury.

The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, later died at the Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the Mercury was taken to RMC with minor injuries.

The collision remains under investigation.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.

In an unrelated incident, a two-vehicle collision in Calhoun County resulted in two fatalities Saturday afternoon, Jones said.

The crash took place at about 3:38 p.m. on U.S. 21 near Mary Bell Lane.

A 2014 Toyota driven by Avonette Owens, 37, was traveling southbound when a 2004 Ford traveling northbound crossed into the lane and struck the Toyota.

Owens was transported by air to Palmetto Health Richland with serious injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt. She later died at the hospital, according to Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth.

A female passenger was also transported to Palmetto Health Richland with serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford, Henri Bernard Smoak, 56, of Orangeburg, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

As of Feb. 3, 82 people have died on South Carolina’s highways, compared to 69 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.

Of the 80 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2019, 59 had access to seatbelts and 27 were not wearing seat belts.

Through Feb. 3, 16 pedestrians have died compared to nine in 2018. Two motorcyclists have died compared to two in 2018.

In Orangeburg County, three people died in traffic fatalities through Feb. 3, compared to no deaths during the same time period in the year before, according to figures from the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

Bamberg and Calhoun counties had no traffic deaths between Jan. 1 and Feb. 3, according to SCDPS. That’s the same as last year.

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