A 48-year-old Killeen, Texas, soldier died after being hit by a pickup on Edgefield Highway near Eureka, S.C., on Friday night, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
Sgt. 1st Class Maurice J. Collier was attending a motorcycle rally with more than 500 motorcycles at Ellen’s Bar and Grill, Carlton said. Collier was standing near the entrance to the property directing traffic when he was struck by a Ford F-350. Collier was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of multiple body trauma, Carlton said.
Collier, who is stationed at Fort Hood and was visiting a friend in Augusta, was dressed in dark clothing.
The driver of the truck, who has not been identified, drifted off the roadway and hit Collier, according to authorities. The driver was then attacked and stabbed, and transported to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
No known arrests have been made at this time, said a spokeswoman with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The accident is being investigated by the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.