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Driver charged in fatal wreck, victim identified

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A motorcyclist died after his bike struck a pickup Friday night in front of Hardee's Recycling.

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By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Troopers charged a Greenville man in a Friday wreck that killed a motorcyclist from Vanceboro on Pactolus Highway in north Greenville.

Trooper Scott Tyndall said Kenneth Braswell, 58, was attempting to make a left turn onto Pactolus Road in front of Hardee’s Recycling and failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle being driven by Orlando Perez, 46.

Tyndall said Perez’s eastbound motorcycle struck the front driver’s side of Braswell’s truck, killing Perez, near Old Creek Road.    

According to witnesses, Braswell pulled out of a driveway opposite of the recycling business shortly before 6:30 p.m. He was attempting to head west toward Greene Street.

Perez hit the pavement during the crash and slid under the truck where he was pinned, according to witnesses and Tyndall.

His black motorcycle slid across the roadway after the crash, and his backpack, sunglasses and other items were strewn amid the shards of broken glass.

An employee at the recycling business said she called for emergency assistance.

“I called 911 as soon as it hit,” the employee said. “He was thrown from the bike and slid under the truck. It was loud.”

First responders worked the scene, removing the motorcyclist and his scattered possessions.

An EMS crew transported Braswell to Vidant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was alert and talking to witnesses at the scene.

Willie Hardee, the owner of the recycling business, said that the stretch of road in front of his business is “very dangerous” as drivers often go past at well above the posted speed limit.

Employee Blake Ward, who has lived near the business for 35 years, called the wreck “a tragic situation.”

“Our heart goes out to the family,” Ward said.

Ward said employees hope to start a petition to lower the speed limit in front of the business.

“We’ve had a lot of close calls and today, unfortunately, a man died,” he said. “We have a lot of 18-wheelers that come in and out of here and I’ll be directing traffic and drivers will go around and drive on the grass. They are that impatient.”

Staton House Fire Department, Greenville Fire-Rescue and the Highway Patrol responded to the wreck.

Braswell is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield. 

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@refector.com or 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter @TylerstocksGDR

 

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