Coroner: Victim had cardiac arrest before fatal crash

Coroner: Victim had cardiac arrest before fatal crash

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says a man who crashed his car into a tree on Bluff Road was having a cardiac episode before the fatal incident.

Watts identified the victim as 71-year-old Clarence Paul O'Berry.

Investigators say O'Berry's car crashed into a tree around noon on Wednesday. It was possible, Watts said, O'Berry was unconscious when the accident occurred.

An autopsy indicated the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the torso.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.

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