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Calhoun and Orangeburg county authorities have released additional information about men killed on local roads in recent weeks.

Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth said on Friday that Donald “Rocky” Jones III, 22, died on Sunday as a result of a spinal fracture he sustained in an Oct. 10 collision.

The Elloree man died at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, Porth said.

Jones was driving a Ford pickup truck east on Old Number Six Highway when he drove across the centerline, went across the left side of the road, struck a ditch and then overturned, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Judd Jones said.

Donald Jones was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Medics transported him to Palmetto Health Richland.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jerusalem United Methodist Church, near Elloree.

On Wednesday, the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office released information on a 26-year-old man who was killed while walking on Slab Landing Road at Fogle Pond Road at around 5:25 a.m. Oct. 12.

The coroner’s office said that Harper Joseph Bunch of Bamberg died as a result of blunt-force injuries.

Bunch died after he was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck that was traveling north on Slab Landing Road, in the same direction Bunch was walking, Cpl. Jones said.

Both accidents remain under investigation, Jones said on Thursday.

According to the S.C. Department of Public Safety, as of Oct. 21, 811 people have died on South Carolina’s highways, compared to 801 highway deaths during the same time period in 2017.

Of the 562 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2018, 289 were not wearing seatbelts.

Through Oct. 21, 122 pedestrians have died compared to 125 in 2017.

There have been 34 highway deaths in Orangeburg County this year, compared to 21 fatalities during the same time period last year.

In Bamberg County, there have been two fatalities so far this year, compared to four during the same time last year.

Calhoun County has seen six deaths so far this year, compared to five in 2017.

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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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