An Orangeburg man died and a child is undergoing treatment for injuries resulting from a single-vehicle collision on Beason Road on Monday morning.
Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall identified the deceased as Joseph Dustin Evans, 28, of Beason Road. The cause and manner of death is accidental blunt force trauma, she said.
S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell said the collision occurred at 7:10 a.m. on Beason Road, about 4.9 miles west of Orangeburg.
He said the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling south on Beason Road when it ran off the road and struck a tree.
The driver was not wearing seat belt, was entrapped in the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the Regional Medical Center.
Tidwell said the child in the vehicle was properly restrained and Orangeburg County EMS transported the child to RMC for treatment.
The incident remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
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As of Monday, there have been 31 highway fatalities in 2019 in Orangeburg County.
That’s two fewer highway fatalities during the same time frame in Orangeburg County last year.
As for Calhoun County, there have been two highway fatalities to date. There were six fatalities in the county during the same time period last year.
In Bamberg County, one person has died in a highway crash. There were two highway deaths in the county during the same time period last year.
Between Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m., six people died on South Carolina’s roadways.
As of Oct. 6, 738 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 798 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.
Of the 738 people who have died in 2019, 467 had access to seat belts, and 228 were not wearing seat belts, according to SCDPS.