Driver killed when car crashes into ditch and tree before flipping over, SC cops say

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One person was killed over the weekend when a car ran off a Midlands road where it crashed and flipped over, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The single-vehicle collision happened at about 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Fairfield County, according to Lance Cpl. Nick Pye.

A 2004 Ford sedan was driving south on Candlewood Circle and ran off the left side of the road near the intersection with Little Cedar Creek Road, Pye said. That’s in the Blythewood area, near U.S. 321.

After going off the road, the Ford hit a ditch and crashed into a tree then overturned, according to Pye.

The driver was killed, according to Pye.

The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office has not publicly identified the driver.

There was no word if driver was wearing a seat belt.

No other injuries were reported.

Information about what caused the car to veer off the road was not available, but the wreck continues to be investigated by the Highway Patrol.

Through Nov. 21, at least 942 people had died on South Carolina roads in 2022, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,194 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least seven people have died in Fairfield County crashes in 2022, DPS reported. Last year, 10 deaths were reported there, according to DPS data.