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Bakersfield Seamen Dead After a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on August 12, 2013

Motorcycle Accident

 

A local seaman and member of American Cheer died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday.

On August 3, at about 8:00 p.m., an officer with the Goose Creek Police Department in South Carolina went to the area of Crowfield Boulevard, near the entrance to Carolina One Real Estate, regarding a motorcycle accident.

According to the officers, at about 7:40 p.m., while patrolling Highway 176 near the intersection with Crowfield Boulevard, the first officer on scene observed this motorcycle speeding. The officer said that the motorcycle had been traveling 73 MPH, which was well above the speed limit.

The officer said he turned his patrol car around and as he was trying to get close enough to the motorcycle to do a traffic stop, the vehicle sped up, made a right hand turn across two traffic lanes and continued his reckless driving by passing vehicles on the right shoulder.

The officer said that he then ceased all efforts to catch up to the vehicle and resumed normal patrol.

Not long after, the officer said he went to the scene for this collision.

According to a witness, the motorcyclist’s head hit a traffic sign post just after being ejected from the motorcycle.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Melelik Stewart, was taken to Stratford High School by ambulance and then airlifted from SHS to MUSC.

A doctor told officers that Stewart was on life support after arriving to the hospital, but it was believed that he was brain-dead. The doctor said that Stewart did not appear to have any broken bones, lacerations or any injuries other than an internal brain bleed.

According to reports, Stewart came back negative for having any alcohol in his system.

At about 11:39 p.m., Stewart was pronounced dead.

Officers said there were no skid marks or any other evidence present in the roadway. The grass near the roadway was said to be ‘torn up’. The protective equipment appeared to be in good condition, but damaged due to the incident, according to law enforcement.

Officers said they contacted the registered owner of the vehicle who told them that he sold the vehicle about one month ago to Stewart.

At the time, Stewart was wearing a military uniform, and it was confirmed that Stewart was a military service member on active duty currently stationed on the Naval Weapons Station.

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