Debris From Blown Tire Causes Fatal Motor Crash on I-95

South Carolina (March 8, 2012)  A motorcyclist was killed on I-95 south in Clarendon County.  The fatal crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 at Exit 108-Summerton, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Stephen Anthony Clarke, 57, was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson south on Interstate 95 when a tractor-trailer blew a tire.  Clarke struck a piece of the tire and was thrown from his Harley, landing on the Interstate.  Several vehicles then struck Clarke.

Clarke died from his injuries.

The southbound lanes of I-95 were closed for over four hours according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

27 Thoughts on “Debris From Blown Tire Causes Fatal Motor Crash on I-95

  1. Don Braddy on March 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm said:

    RIP Steve, I will miss you and our rides together. Later my friend…

  2. Donnie and Bev Williams on March 11, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

    Steve your children and our children grew up and went to school together and of course played baseball together and you were their coach.You were a wonderful person and will be missed!

  3. dustin smith on March 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm said:

    I didn’t know Steve….but he sounds like a wonderful person….I witnessed his accident and has bothered me so much…..I think about it everyday…..I do believe that recap should be illegal on big rigs….my condolences to his family and friends

    • Margaret Braddy on March 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm said:

      Dustin,
      I am so sorry that you witnessed such a horrible tragedy. Steve was a wonderful person and I am proud to have been able to call him friend. Steve will be sorely missed. You and the others, who were there that night and saw what happened, have been and will continue to be in my prayers. Replace those terrible images of the accident with the image of Steve being held in the hands of God. Steve would want it that way.
      My husband would love to chat with you captbraddy@yahoo.com.

    • Steve Smith on March 15, 2012 at 6:50 am said:

      Maybe Motorcycles should be illegal on Interstates.

  4. Jim Garrett on March 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm said:

    Steve

    I have fond memories of the few rides we went on before I moved. It won’t be the same at CCC without you. Rest peacefully brother……………

  5. Charles Griffith on March 12, 2012 at 11:20 am said:

    I knew Steve for a short while, we ran into each other Monday, 5 March 12, at the gymnasium at Ft. Lee, Va and he was telling me that he was going to bike week in Daytona as one of his bucket list events after retiring a few months ago. He was a great guy and he will truly be missed and this is a message for everyone that count your blessings, and remember death will come like a thief in the night and you must cherish every moment that you are alive.

  6. Eva Booth on March 13, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

    Steve was a wonderful person and a strong follower of Christ. My prayers are with his family, friends, and those who witnessed the accident. Please know that Steve is with his Heavenly Father now. While we will all miss him, I know we will see him again one day.

  7. Mike Pucci on March 13, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

    I also sat two cars back after that terrible accident, Cant get it out of my mind for now .I’m sure he was a Great Guy! and brother biker. Prayers go out to family & friends!

  8. Vicki Durnford on March 14, 2012 at 7:02 am said:

    You are so missed already Steve. Our consolation is that you are with Christ and at peace. My prayers are not only for your family but those who witnessed such a tragic event. May your death bring others to the realization that death does not have to be final. I will forever remember your smile, accepting hug, and your life of service to so many of us who call you friend and a Christian brother. Thank you for all you have meant to each of us.

  9. John Georgetti on March 14, 2012 at 9:16 am said:

    I didn’t know this man. But being 57 myself and a avid rider, I was on my way to Daytona when this accident happened. RIP Mr. Stephen Clarke

  10. Michael Walters on March 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm said:

    I my wife and son were on the way to Florida Thursday night. We pulled up just after the accident happened. Me, my wife and son got out of truck to help we saw what happened and done our best to stop traffic. Flue min later help came seem like a long time. I wish we could been sooner maybe we could of saved him or something. For that I am truly sorry to his family and you will be in my mind and prayers for every. God bless

    • michele clarke on March 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm said:

      thank you for stopping and trying to halt traffic. Rest assured that Stephen was in heaven at the instant of his death.

  11. Patty Tuttle on March 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm said:

    I didn’t know Steve, but also sat two cars back after the terrible accident. It’s difficult to put the images behind me. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and friends.

    • michele clarke on March 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm said:

      I’m so sorry Patty. Please think about the wonderful father, husband and grandfather and the time we were so honored to have him.

  12. Sandra on March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm said:

    RIP Steve Clark, you will be missed..

  13. Stephen was my uncle, I was by far the most careful rider and for some reason he decided to ride at night this time. I love and I am so thankful he wasn’t alone at the end those of you who stopped to help we are grateful.

    • Well guess I was typing to fast, my uncle was such a careful rider. I love and miss him so much. Thank you again to those who stopped to help.

  14. Robert on March 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm said:

    I was the lead vehicle stopped at the crash. if you were there then you remember the White international step deck. I later found a piece of chain on my truck. maybe to a wallet or key chain. it has a blue emblem on it that says United states Airforce. If it was his and you want it, I would like to know where to send it. If not then I will leave it in Sturgis SC, out of respect.

  15. Robert on March 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm said:

    Or if you would rather i leave it in Daytona, I could do that also.

    • Mike Pucci on March 19, 2012 at 10:46 am said:

      Robert, I was the second vehicle behind you. The trucker next to me and myself come up and talked with you, on my way back to my truck I saw that chain shining next to your rear tires. Not really knowing what to do with it, I set it carefully on your flat bed! The Police had already checked down that side of your truck. I’m SO glad you found it. Thats how it got there!

      • Robert on March 23, 2012 at 12:44 am said:

        Mike, That explains it then. I couldent figure out how it could have gotten there unless it was thrown up from another vehicle, but there was no one in front of me. I am sending it to Michele.

  16. michele clarke on March 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm said:

    Robert please contact me at michele.clarke@comcast.net I so appreciate your post. What you found was likely the chain that kept his vest closed.

  17. michele clarke on March 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm said:

    Robert please contact me at michele.clarke@comcast.net
    I would like to talk to you ref the chain you found

  18. christine bodah on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 am said:

    I was the 2nd car to be stooped after the accident and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I am glad to know that he was such a great guy. Know that I send his family and friends my good thoughts and I am glad to know he is in heaven now. I hope everyone makes it through this hard time without him!

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