Troopers: Driver killed after crashing into tree in Oconee Co. - FOX Carolina 21

Troopers: Driver killed after crashing into tree in Oconee Co.

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly, single-vehicle crash in Oconee County on Wednesday.

Troopers said around 3:30 p.m., the driver of a 2007 Toyota SUV ran off the right side of the road on Cheohee Valley Road. The driver reportedly overcorrected before driving off the left side of the road and striking a tree.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

The coroner later identified the driver as 62-year-old John Charles Papendick of Tamassee. He reportedly suffered head trauma and his death was ruled accidental.

The coroner said Papendick was killed two miles from his home.

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