12-year-old dies in bicycle accident

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By Jesef Williams

A 12-year-old Heath Springs boy died Friday after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle.

James Monroe Steele, who lived on Baskins Hill Road, was struck by a 2004 GMC Envoy that was traveling north on Rocky River Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Steele pulled out from Baskins Hill Road into the path of the SUV, which was driven by James Blackmon, 67, of Liberty Hill.

Blackmon swerved to the left. The bike also moved left and was then hit by the SUV, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said.

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