Businessman dies in cycle wreck

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By Jesef Williams

Family members of Matthew Keller are mourning the sudden loss of a loved one who’s being remembered for his kind spirit and love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Keller, a Lancaster resident originally from the San Francisco area, died Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident.

He was 55.

Keller was riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle just before 5 p.m. when he collided with a pickup at the intersection of Camp Creek and Daystar roads.

Keller died at the scene. Nobody else was hurt, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Keller’s sister, PaTrisha Robinson, said the news of the accident was devastating.

“We’re in shock,” Robinson said Tuesday afternoon. “He had a heart of gold. He was loving, kind and helpful.”

His mother, T.J. Barr, said he was happy with life and loved people.

She expects to see a huge crowd at his funeral Thursday afternoon at Lancaster Funeral Home.

“He loved life. He loved people,” Barr said of Keller, who was the co-owner of Red Rose Cab Co. “He was a good friend of many.”

Keller was traveling west on Camp Creek Road when he collided with Raymond Estes, who was driving the 2001 Dodge pickup.

Estes was on Daystar Road and was trying to turn left onto Camp Creek Road, Gaskin said.

When the vehicles collided, Keller was thrown from the motorcycle and then struck by a 1993 Buick four-door, which was also traveling west on Camp Creek Road.

Ronald Bass, the driver of the Buick, was traveling with a passenger.

Estes was traveling alone.

Estes and Bass were both wearing seat belts, Gaskins said.

Keller was not wearing a helmet, Gaskin said.

The Highway Patrol hasn’t determined the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152