Moped driver dies from injuries

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By Chris Sardelli

 Christopher Sardelli


A Lancaster man died from his injuries after he was struck by a car while riding his moped through a city intersection on March 17. 

Calvin McIlwain, 60, was first taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and later flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries, though he later died on March 24, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. 

Police responded at 9:36 a.m. March 17, to a collision at the intersection of South Market and Gay streets. 

There, they found McIlwain’s moped which had been struck by a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Betty Culp Clark, 53, 307 S. Market St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

An officer wrote in the report that Clark was driving north on South Market Street when she struck McIlwain, who was driving his moped west on Gay Street. 

The officer said in the report that Clark was traveling too fast for conditions, disregarded the traffic signal and struck the moped. 

“The driver stated to (an officer) that she was attempting to beat the light,” an officer wrote in the report. “This statement was recorded on the in-car camera (of the) patrol unit.”

In a written statement to officers, Clark said she was trying to make a yellow light at the intersection, though it may have turned red. 

She remembered the moped driving directly in front of her and could not steer the car to avoid hitting him, the report said. She told officers she slid several feet past the intersection after the collision. 

Though Clark did not remember how fast she was driving, officers planned on investigating her speed and measured the skid marks from her car at 58 feet, the report said. 

Grant said Friday, March 28, that Clark was issued a citation at the scene for driving too fast for conditions, though he said investigators are still looking at the case. 

“All I can say beyond that is that we are reviewing this case to see if additional or different charges are warranted,” Grant said. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416