Motorcyclist dies after from injuries in Hwy 321 crash

UPDATE: Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill has released the name of the motorcyclist who was fatally injured on Saturday on Highway 321 S in Winnsboro.

Hill says Paul Bryan Simmons II of West Columbia was traveling South along with another rider when they struck a vehicle that was exiting the local recycling center. Mr. Simmons was ejected from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The other rider was transported to Lexington Medical Center for nonlife threatening injuries.

This accident is under the investigation of the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.


WINNSBORO – A motorcyclist died and another motorcyclist sustained injuries in a crash involving a 2014 Nissan on U.S. Hwy 321 Saturday morning.

The crash occurred about 11:35 a.m. near S.C. Hwy 34, when the driver of a 1996 Kawasaki was southbound on Hwy 321 and hit the driver’s side of a 2014 Nisan attempting to turn left from a private driveway onto Hwy 321. The driver of the Kawasaki was ejecting.

The driver of a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle, seeing the first collision, laid 2005 motorcycle down in an effort to avoid hitting the Nissan.

The driver and passenger in the Nissan were both wearing seatbelts and sustained no injuries. The driver of the 1996 Kawasaki sustained injuries and was transported to Lexington Medical Center where he later died.

The driver of the 2005 Kawasaki also sustained injuries and was taken to Lexington Medical Center.

Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

The identity of the deceased motorcyclist will be released by the Fairfield County Coroner. The crash is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

This story was updated October 12, 2020 at 11:12 a.m.