RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A driver is dead following a single-vehicle collision in Richland County early Saturday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Troopers say a person driving a 2002 Cadillac Escalade northbound on U.S. 1 at the intersection of Clemson Road. The Richland County Coroner's Office has tentatively identified the driver as 16-year-old James Lawrence Jefferson III, of Columbia.
The driver was attempting to exit onto Clemson Road when they ran off the roadway to the left, struck a guardrail, hit an embankment, and the vehicle caught fire.
The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jefferson has been tentatively identified pending a dental records match that will happen on Monday, Coroner Gary Watts said.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.