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Woman dies after driving into Saluda River

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A woman who was pulled from the Saluda River after her vehicle ended up in the water Saturday has died.

The Lexington County Coroner's Office said 51-year-old Rhonda Pate of Lexington died at Lexington Medical Center Monday.

Pate suffered an anoxic brain injury resulting from fresh water drowning after her vehicle rolled down the boat ramp into the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park. 

Authorities said they received a call that a vehicle went into the water near a boat ramp around 7 p.m.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said firefighters with the Lexington County Fire Service extricated Rhonda Lee Pate, 51, from a green 1999 Chevrolet Lumina sedan that Pate drove into the Saluda River at the boat ramp.

Pate had attended a wedding reception at the Saluda Shoals River Center and consumed alcoholic beverages during the reception, according to an incident report.

Detectives said they are investigating whether Pate's consumption of alcoholic beverages was a factor in the incident

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