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A 33-year-old North man died on Sunday following a single-vehicle collision the day before, Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle announced on Monday.

Damien Jamison of Plum Tree Road died at Prisma Health Richland from injuries he sustained in the accident, Fogle said.

Jamison was the driver and only occupant of a 2002 Cadillac Escalade that ran off North Road and struck an embankment at 3 a.m. Saturday.

The vehicle overturned several times, S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell said.

Jamison was not wearing a seatbelt, he said.

On Friday afternoon, a two-vehicle accident claimed the lives of three people on U.S. Highway 15, near Mims Lake Road.

There have now been 12 deaths on Orangeburg County’s roads since the beginning of the year. During the same timeframe last year, there were eight highway deaths in the county.

To date, two highway fatalities have occurred in Calhoun County this year, compared to none during the same timeframe last year.

In Bamberg County, there have not been any fatal crashes this year and there weren’t any during the same timeframe last year.

As of April 14, 242 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 268 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.

Of the 242 people who have died in 2019, 167 had access to seatbelts, and 78 were not wearing seat belts.

Through April 14, 44 pedestrians have died compared to 41 in 2018; 14 motorcyclists have died compared to 24 in 2018 and nine bicyclists have died compared to four in 2018 on state roads and highways.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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