Posted on May 14, 2010
A motorcylcist was killed in a wreck with a car on U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, SC late Thursday afternoon. This is the first death during Biker Week to occur this year.

James Marlow, 28, of Ocala, Fl died of injuries he sustained in the crash shortly after being taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Marlow was in town for the Crusin' the Coast Spring Rally. He was reported to not have been wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

Marlow and his passenger, girlfriend Heather Cook, were riding on his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they were struck from behind by a 1987 Oldsmobile. Cook also sustained injuries in the accident and was transported to an area hospital, but is reported to be stable.

Marlow was heading northbound in the left lane of U.S. 17 Bypass near Shetland Lane, when he slowed down to make a left turn and was then hit by the Oldsmobile. The car, which received damage to the front left-side, was driven by an 18-year-old Myrtle Beach woman. She was not injured in the crash.

Marlow and Cook came to Myrtle Beach frequently, according to Marlow's brother, and were familiar with the area.

The accident forced Horry County police to shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 Bypass just south of the airport. Highway Patrol is still investing the accident and no charges have been filed.