Coroner identifies body found in submerged vehicle in Dillon Co.


DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A body that was found inside a vehicle that was submerged in water in Dillon County is the ninth storm-related death in South Carolina.

The Dillon County Coroner, Donnie Grimsley, has identified the victim as Charles Carter, 81, from Bishopville.

Grimsley said a call came in Wednesday around 9 a.m. about a vehicle being seen in the water at McInnis Bridge on Highway 57 north and Carolina Church Road, above the Little Rock community.

Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the one-vehicle crash involved a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

Grimsley said the vehicle was swept off the roadway by flood waters, causing it to be submerged by water. The truck was found an undetermined amount of time later off the side of the road still submerged.

Carter was found inside the vehicle.

This makes the 9th weather-related fatality in South Carolina due to Hurricane Florence.

This crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol as well as the Dillon County Coroner’s Office.

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