No charges in wreck killing 2 motorcyclists

Posted on May 19, 2010
The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Police Department says that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver of an SUV who was involved in a wreck that killed two motorcyclists.

The police have decided to only file a minor traffic citation against Charles J. McDonald, 38, who hit two bikers as they were stopped at a traffic light on U.S. Highway 17.

James Doucette, 80, of Florida and James Hines, 50, of New York, were visiting Myrtle Beach for Bike Week and were on their way to Charleston for a day trip when they were struck from behind by MacDonald, pushing them into the car in front of them. Both men died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the car in front of them, Mary Lucarelli, 73, was also injured while she was in line at the traffic light.

The police report says that McDonald was driving the speed limit, 45 mph, when he struck the stopped vehicles. It also says that this was driving too fast for conditions and that McDonald was distracted/inattentive at the time of the collision.

There is no evidence to believe that McDonald was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash or that he was using a cell phone. This decision, without the involvement of drugs or alcohol, is in line with many previous decisions involving car vs. motorcycle collisions. McDonald's attorney does expect that civil litigation will follow against his client.