Rock Hill man dies in motorcycle crash

A 62-year-old Rock Hill man died Friday when his motorcycle went down an embankment and slammed into a large rock in Pickens County, authorities said.

Charles Tolbert McNeely of 1133 Falls Road died from multiple injuries to his chest and stomach, said Pickens County Deputy Coroner Tommy Smith.

McNeely, who wore a helmet, died on impact, Smith said. No autopsy will be done, though a toxicology test will be conducted, he said.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, McNeely was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle west along U.S. 178 in Pickens County, about 17 miles north of Pickens, said Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

He drove off the right side of the road, went down the embankment and hit a rock, which caused him to be thrown from his motorcycle, Hiles said.

Hiles said neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the collision.

As of Thursday, 676 people had died on state roadways this year, according to the state highway safety office. That's up from 619 people who died on state roads through the same time last year.

At least 71 people died while riding motorcycles, state troopers said. Last year, 67 motorcyclists died through this time.

Earlier this month, a Lake Wylie man died while riding a Suzuki motorcycle. A Great Falls man riding a Yamaha motorcycle died in July, and in May, a York man died while riding a Suzuki motorcycle.

Authorities say the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is the deadliest time of the year on South Carolina roadways because more people are traveling.