Troopers said the coroner was called to investigate a deadly crash in Spartanburg County Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred in the Inman area on Hannon Road at the New Cut Road intersection around 8:30 a.m. Troopers confirmed the collision involved a bicyclist.
Trooper Joe Hovis said a Spartanburg man was riding a bicycle on New Cut Road when he was struck from behind by a woman driving a 2002 Buick.
The cyclist was wearing a helmet but was ejected from the bike and succumbed to injuries on the scene.
The victim was identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Gordon Pierce of Dovetail Court.
Friends and fellow cyclists said Pierce was an experienced cyclist who rode safely.
"I know Jeff loved riding. He had been riding a long time," said Danny Morgan, "I would say he he had been riding for close to three decades at least."
Friend and fellow cyclist, Danny Morgan said he had been friends with Pierce for years.
"It's really hard to put it together because he was my neighbor, my friend and our kids grew up together. Take out the cycling, and that part alone is tough enough," said Morgan.
Morgan said this really drives the point home that there is a real need for safer riding conditions and stricter rules for drivers that do not follow them.
"By gaining that extra 30 seconds or a minute by doing something that puts us in danger or takes a rider out is not worth losing the life of a respected teacher, father and husband," said Morgan, "It's just not worth losing someone's life for that."
Spartanburg District One officials confirmed Pierce was a teacher at Inman Intermediate School. According to the school's website, Pierce is survived by a wife and two sons.
A spokesperson released the following statement on the incident:
District One officials were made aware today that Jeff Pierce, a teacher at Inman Intermediate School, was killed in a bicycle accident. District officials have been in contact with the family and are doing everything they can to support them throughout this situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Troopers said the crash is under investigation by the MAIT team and charges are pending.