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Corner Identifies One killed in wreck near Pine Ridge

Lexington, SC - The Lexington County Coroner, Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the driver killed in the single car accident that happened on Dogwood Road near Fish Hatchery Road at approximately 9:30 P.M. on December 17, 2016.

Coroner Margaret Fisher states that John G. Thornton, 29, of West Columbia, S.C. was killed when the vehicle he was operating ran off the road and hit a pole. He was ejected from his vehicle and suffered multiple body trauma. Mr. Thornton died at the scene due to his injuries. No one was in the vehicle with Mr. Thornton when the accident occurred. Mr. Thornton was wearing his seatbelt during the accident.

An autopsy will be performed on December 18, 2016 to determine the cause of death.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol as well as the Lexington County Coroner's Office will continue to investigate the


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