Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the second individual killed as the result of a motorcycle versus deer accident that occurred Saturday. The accident happened at approximately 11:35 a.m. on U.S. 378 in Lexington.
According to Fisher, Mr. James Derek Payne, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead, Wednesday morning, at an area hospital due to his injuries sustained in the motorcycle crash.
Mr. Payne was operating the motorcycle when it struck a deer that ran into the road. Mr. Payne’s wife, Mrs. Ruth Hunt Payne, was the passenger and died at the scene. Mr. and Mrs. Payne were wearing helmets.
The accident was investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.