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Wrecked car found on Magnolia (copy)

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says a driver who crashed into a wooded area last week accidentally shot himself.

A driver who crashed on Magnolia Street last week accidently shot himself, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Richard Walker.

Witnesses reported seeing a white Honda veer into oncoming traffic at 11:22 a.m. on Jan. 23. One witness said vehicle passed him driving about 75 mph as it headed in the direction of Interstate 26.

The Honda then ran off the roadway and into a wooded area on Ruff Road, just off of Magnolia Street.

When emergency officials arrived at the scene, they discovered the driver was unresponsive and had a gunshot wound. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Deputies discovered a black revolver, $20 and a cellphone on the passenger floorboard.

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The Honda had a single bullet hole on the driver side door near its door compartment. Deputies weren’t able to discover an exit hole.

They also noticed what appeared to be blood on the driver’s seat and floorboard.

Medics transported the driver to a Midlands hospital for treatment. The 18-year-old man’s condition is unknown.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The Honda had been reported stolen, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

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