Landrum man dies after moped collides with vehicle outside city

Published 5:26 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

LANDRUM — A Landrum man died Monday after his moped crashed into a vehicle outside the city that evening, according to officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to police, the crash occurred around 9 p.m. on South Blackstock Road near Highway 11, 4 miles south of the city of Landrum, when a moped, operated by 53-year-old Johnny Ray Page, of Landrum, crossed into the opposite lane while traveling south on the roadway. Page then crashed head-on into an oncoming 2007 Honda, operated by 28-year-old Ethan Rhodes, also of Landrum, who was heading north at the time.

Page, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:15 p.m., according to Spartanburg Coroner Rusty Clevenger, whose office assisted highway patrol. The cause of death is listed as closed head trauma, and has been ruled an accident.

Rhodes was uninjured in the collision, and was wearing his seatbelt at the time, police said.