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Driver who fled found dead in driveway hours after crash

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A driver who fled the scene of a crash in Greenville on Sunday afternoon was found dead in a driveway more than 12 hours later, according to investigators.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Drive and Anderson Road.

Barry Wright, an investigator with the Greenville County Coroner's Office, said 34-year-old Stewart McDowell's vehicle crashed into a guide wire at the intersection. He said McDowell jumped out of the car and flagged down a passing vehicle. He said that when McDowell tried to get inside the vehicle, the driver yelled at him, prompting him to flee into some nearby woods.

Wright said McDowell, of Greenville, spent the night in the woods and shed some of his clothes there. He said McDowell also went into a creek in the wooded area.

McDowell was found dead about 7:45 a.m. Monday in a driveway that was about a quarter-mile from the scene of the crash, Wright said.

Wright said McDowell died from hypothermia, and the crash did not contribute to his death.

Authorities said they are not sure why McDowell fled the scene of the crash since there were no warrants for his arrest and his license was not suspended.

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