Easley man dies after hit-and-run

GREENVILLE — An Easley man died last week from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Damian Taylor, 37, of Easley.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Bill Rhyne said the collision occurred at 6:20 a.m. on Monday, June 13, at mile marker 48 on Interstate 85.

Taylor was driving a 1982 Suzuki motorcycle southbound when another vehicle collided with it, Rhyne said.

Taylor was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital after the collision.

He died of blunt-force trauma injuries the following day.

Rhyne said Taylor was not wearing a helmet.

The second vehicle involved in the collision, believed to be a white Toyota Camry or Honda Civic, left the scene, Rhyne said.

The vehicle was missing a right rear hubcap, and troopers believed it also had a broken right rear taillight.

Rhyne urged anyone with information about the collision to come forward. A local law firm, Iron Horse Motorcycle Lawyers, offered a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Later in the week, Rhyne updated the media about the investigation and said an arrest had been made.

On Friday, a vehicle matching the description of the second vehicle was seen in the area of the collision and stopped by troopers.

“Through the course of the investigation, it was determined this was the suspect vehicle and this was the driver at the time of the collision,” Rhyne said.

Anthony Shearn, 25, of Greenville, was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident with death and one count of improper lane change, Rhyne said.

He is also charged with having an open container, records show.

Shearn was booked into the Greenville County Detention Center and denied bond on the hit-and-run charge.