SC coroner says man found in submerged car drowned

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Coroner's Office has announced preliminary autopsy results Thursday on the Conway man found dead in his submerged SUV in Carolina Forest.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler, preliminary findings indicate 47-year-old Donald Raven drowned.

A complete autopsy will not be done for another 90 to 120 days, in order to conduct toxicology tests to determine if there was anything that could have impaired Raven's driving at the time of the accident.

On Dec. 29, officials with Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a submerged vehicle in a retention pond along Lee Shire Boulevard in Carolina Forest near the Man O' War golf course around 7 a.m.

A dive team was then put into place. When the vehicle was recovered, Raven's body was discovered inside.

Authorities with the Horry County Police Department then turned the case over to the South Carolina Highway Patrol as a traffic fatality, after concluding there did not appear to be any evidence of foul play.

It is still unknown at this time how Raven's vehicle ended up in the retention pond.

The incident is still under investigation with SCHP.

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