Businessman dies in motorcycle crash

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

A Florence businessman was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle during a motorcycle training course.

James Lawrence Smith, 55, was the director of Smith Funeral Home in Florence and the director for the United Negro College Fund's annual fundraising gala. He died when he lost control of his bike and was then thrown from it. He had been taking a motorcycle safety course at Florence-Darlington Technical College when the accident occurred. Smith was riding a motorcycle that belonged to the colllege and had a helmet on at the time of the crash.

Highway Patrol is currently determining who will handle the investigation. The accident occurred on private property, which is not normally under their jurisdiction.