Driver killed when vehicle goes off road and crashes into parked car, SC cops say

One person was killed when a vehicle left a Midlands road and crashed into a parked car, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The single-vehicle collision happened Thursday in Newberry County, Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said.

A 2013 Kia Soul was driving west on US 76 when he left the right side of the road, according to Bolt. The crossover rolled down an embankment where it hit a culvert, then crashed into a legally parked car before overturning, Bolt said.

The driver died, according to Bolt.

THE Newberry County Coroner’s Office has not publicly identified the driver.

Bolt said the driver was the only person in the Kia and no other injuries were reported.

It was unclear whether the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Information about what caused the Kia to leave the road was not available, but the crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Until January 15, 26 people died on South Carolina roads in 2024, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 999 people died in crashes in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least one person died in a crash in Newberry County in 2024, according to DPS data. Nine deaths have been reported in the county in 2023, DPS reported.

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