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Driver charged in death of Harlem motorcyclist

Christopher Bell has been charged in the death of a Harlem motorcyclist following a Columbia...
Christopher Bell has been charged in the death of a Harlem motorcyclist following a Columbia County crash on March 30.(Photo courtesy of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 12:29 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A South Carolina man has been charged in the death of a Harlem motorcyclist who died of injuries from in a Columbia County collision last month.

Christopher Buford Bell, 56, of Springfield, S.C., was charged with homicide by vehicle, improper U-turn when prohibited, according to arrest records.

At 6:28 a.m. on March 30, rescue crews rushed to the scene of a traffic accident with injuries on Appling Harlem Road between Columbia Road and Lonergan Hulme Road.

An incident report states that Bell, traveling in a 1997 Ford F150, attempted to make a U-turn across both northbound lanes after he stopped on the shoulder of the outside lane of Appling Harlem Road.

While making the turn, Bell crossed into the path of the victim, identified as 49-year-old Andrew Scott Marsee, of Harlem, who was traveling northbound on a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle, the incident report states.

Marsee was taken to Doctors Hospital for treatment but pronounced dead on April 4.

Bell was charged on April 8 after being found at fault in the crash.

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