Indian Land man killed in motorcycle wreck

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Gary Crabtree, 68, died in single vehicle crash

By Chris Sardelli

A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident died Saturday, April 13, after his motorcycle crashed along a stretch of county road.


Gary Crabtree, 68, was killed during a one-vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903), said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

The accident scene was about one mile east of the Lancaster city limits, not far from U.S. Textiles Corp.

S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the crash happened about 12:45 p.m. as Crabtree was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“He was traveling westbound on S.C. 903 when he lost control and spilled from the bike into the roadway,” Elder said.

Troopers noticed the motorcycle had struck curbing and shrubbery in the area, Elder said.

“But from everything we see, it’s a one-vehicle crash,” Elder said. “The crash is still under investigation and that’s all the information we have.”

Elder said Crabtree was wearing a helmet during the accident.

A cause of death was not available Monday. Broome said he was awaiting results from an autopsy.

“We want to determine if there was anything medically wrong,” Broome said. “He was an experienced rider and he did have a helmet.”

Crabtree, a Progress Energy retiree and U.S. Navy veteran, is survived by his wife, Mary Younce-Crabtree; a daughter, Katherine Younce of Indian Land; a stepdaughter, Arlene Welsh; two stepsons, Paul Wrisley Jr. and Steven Wrisley; two brothers, Rance Crabtree and Zane Crabtree; two sisters, Diane Jacobs and Faith Goins; two grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

The accident was one of two serious crashes reported Saturday afternoon in the county.

The S.C. Highway Patrol Realtime Traffic Information website listed another accident at 3:27 p.m. along Stoneboro Road near the Kershaw County line.

Unconfirmed reports said one person was injured during that crash and may have been flown to an area hospital for treatment, though further details were not available Monday.


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416