NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. — One person is dead after a motorcycle and car collided in Newberry County. 

According to South Carolina Trooper first class Tyler Tidwell, the accident happened on SC Highway 391 in Newberry County about nine miles south of Prosperity a little after 3 p.m. 

A 2007 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling north on SC Highway 391 when a 2012 Chevrolet Chrysler traveling northbound on SC Highway 391 when it crossed the center line and struck the motorcyclist and then ran off the road and struck a ditch.

The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Elwood “Woody” Duernberger, 75,  from Columbia.

An autopsy was performed on October 17, and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. Duerenburger was not wearing a helmet.

This incident remains under investigation of Newberry County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol.