Aiken man, 68, dies after vehicle strikes tandem bike

A 68-year-old Aiken man was killed after he and his wife were riding a tandem bicycle that was struck by a vehicle trying to pass them, authorities said.

Gerald Hooker and his wife were traveling north on Banks Mill Road. When they tried to turn left onto Lone Oak Road, just outside Aiken, a 2009 Ford driven by Whitney Dunan, 23, of Aiken, struck them, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Hooker was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers at 3:52 p.m. Hooker’s wife was released after being treated for minor injuries.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team will do a follow-up investigation. Hooker is scheduled for an autopsy Monday in Newberry, S.C.

This is the first fatal crash in Aiken County this year.

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