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SCHP: Driver killed after hitting tree in Ridgeville

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Sunday afternoon.

According to SCHP officials, the one-car wreck happened around 3:45 p.m. on Secondary 174 at Carter Road.

The driver of a Crown Victoria was reportedly traveling west on Secondary 174 when he went off the road, overcorrected, went off the road again and struck a tree.

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene from apparent massive head trauma despite wearing a seatbelt.

The coroner has identified the driver as 56-year-old John D. Kemmerlin of Ridgeville.

It is not know what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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