Be aware of motorcycles on the roadways

Due to their smaller size, motorcycles blend in with their environment. The Knoxville Police Department asks drives to always look twice to keep motorcyclists safe.

Due to their smaller size, motorcycles blend in with their environment. The Knoxville Police Department asks drives to always look twice to keep motorcyclists safe.

A Columbia man died Tuesday, less than a week after he was riding a motorcycle that collided with a truck, the Richland County Coroner’s Office said.

William E. Hogan, Jr., was identified as the motorcycle rider who died following the Sept. 19 crash, Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release.

The 52-year-old was taken to a Columbia hospital, where he died just before 2 p.m. because of complications of blunt force injuries, Watts said.

The wreck occurred at 4233 West Beltline Blvd., according to the news release.

The Columbia Police Department reported the 4200 block of the road was closed to traffic for about two hours following the crash. That is near the intersection with Two Notch Road in an area densely packed with restaurants and retail businesses.

A 38-year-old man driving the pickup truck was cited with with failing to yield the right of way and causing the the collision, police said.

The truck driver was in the oncoming lane and turned left into the motorcyclist, according to police.

Information was not available on the possibility of additional charges filed against the truck driver following Hogan’s death.

Police and the coroner’s office continue to investigate the collision.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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