Samaria, SC (Paul Kirby) – A man has been charged with felony driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a collision involving death after he struck and killed a motorcyclist early Sunday morning on I-20. According to Corporal Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol, the deadly incident happened near the 39 mile-marker westbound at approximately 12:35 a.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
Corporal Collins said early Sunday morning that DeAngelo Cunningham, 28, was operating a Ford Mustang travelling toward Augusta when he struck the rear of a Harley Davidson motorcycle driving in the same direction. The rider of the bike, whose identity has not been released by Coroner Fisher at this time, was thrown from the Harley and died as a result of the collision.
Cunningham was quickly apprehended and has been booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he will soon face a bond hearing.
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and her team will investigate the death. The SC Highway Patrol continue their efforts to gather evidence and document the scene to support the charges they've made against Cunningham. Because of this arduous process, a portion of the interstate was closed until after 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Trucks from the Lexington County Fire Service were assisting the SCHP's MAIT team at the scene until about that time.
Coroner Fisher’s team is tasked with making the proper notifications to the family of the motorcycle’s operator. Only after this is complete will she release the identity of the deceased.