OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An 18-year-old died from smoke inhalation and burns after his car hit a tree and caught fire on his way home from an after-prom party, according to the Oconee County coroner.
Investigators said the crash happened on Highway 76 around 7:45 a.m. Sunday.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Cole Wheeler, of Seneca, died after his car ran off the road, went down an embankment, hit a tree and caught fire.
Addis said Wheeler was on the way home from an after-prom party.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, but toxicology tests will be done to confirm that, Addis said.
He said a toxicology test will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
Wheeler was wearing a seat belt, Addis said.