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Avid Harley Davidson lover killed in early morning wreck involving school bus

Marsha Gillespie killed in early morning wreck
Marsha Gillespie killed in early morning wreckCourtesy

An upstate woman, known for her love of her dog and her motorcycle, is dead after an early morning wreck, WYFF4 reported February 18.

Marsha Kay Gillespie, 50, of Laurens died of blunt force trauma after being hit by a special needs bus on Highway 221 around 6:45 a.m.

South Carolina Patrol Master Sgt. Tony Keller said Marsha was killed when the bus made a left turn in front of the motorcycle.

Her 2013 Harley Davidson was headed south, and the bus was traveling north when it attempted to turn onto New Prospect Church Road.Marsha wasn't wearing her helmet at the time of the accident, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laurens School District 55 Superintendent Dr. Billy Strickland was at the scene of the wreck and stated none of the four students, ranging from ages five to 20, were injured. The 72-year-old driver was wearing a seat belt and also escaped injury.

Marsha was known for her love of animals and community, and often rode to help raise donations for upstate charities. She had stated in the past that she feared she would be killed while riding.

A witness to the accident said it was the worst thing he'd ever seen, and collaborated evidence that the bus did turn in front of the motorcycle.

The accident is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A drug test is required for any school employee involved in an accident.