Woman killed in Lancaster County after being thrown from motorcycle

A 39-year-old woman driving a motorcycle in Lancaster County was killed Monday after losing control, striking an oncoming car and being ejected into a guard rail, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The Jefferson woman, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene from trauma to the head and chest, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. She was not wearing a helmet, he said.

Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the woman was driving east on S.C. 265 about 24 miles east of Lancaster when the crash occurred. He said the woman's 2000 Harley Davidson drifted left toward oncoming traffic and struck the side-view mirror of a car heading westbound. The woman overcorrected to the right, lost control of the motorcycle, crashed into a guardrail and was ejected from the motorcycle, McDougald said.

McDougald said both vehicles were traveling 45 mph in a 55-mph zone. He said no charges are pending against the driver of the eastbound car.

Authorities do not suspect alcohol or speed were factors.

Morris couldn't release the woman's name until after he contacted family members Monday night.

The crash was the second traffic fatality in Lancaster County in three days.

On Saturday, 37-year-old Jill Robinson Rogerson of Flat Creek Road, Kershaw, died when the car she was driving ran off the left side of Watermark Road in southeastern Lancaster County. Rogerson was pronounced dead at the scene after striking a tree stump, running onto an embankment and through a chain fence before landing upright in a field, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Rogerson was exceeding the 55 mph speed limit and was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.