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N.C. Marine killed in motorcycle rally

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- A Marine from Jacksonville, North Carolina, has died following a crash during the first night of the Harley-Davidson spring motorcycle rally here.

Staff Sgt. Michael Delamere died following a crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 17 in Garden City Beach. The Highway patrol says a minivan turned in front of Delamere's motorcycle.

A female passenger, who was not identified by investigators, also was hospitalized.

Delamere was assigned to the Marine Special Operations School at Camp Lejeune.

No charges have been filed but the accident still is being investigated.

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Helmet or not helmet. Full

Helmet or not helmet. Full face or skull cap. It really doesn't matter what we have on our heads as long as there are mini-van drivers, and any other type of driver, who fail to notice us. I find this to be especially true in the south, where people are completely oblivious to everything around them, and aparently to the laws of the road, while they're driving. I don't think a kevlar suit inside a suit of armor is going to protect your from t-boning a van. Think.