Lexington County coroner identifies man who died after vehicle hit utility pole

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in vehicle collision that occurred in the 2000 block of Whetstone Road in Swansea at approximately 9:40 A.M. on Sunday.

According to Fisher, Mr. William R. Watts, 77, of Gaston was pronounced dead at an area hospital due to his injuries.

Mr. Watts was traveling south when a vehicle in front of him slowed to pull off of the road to the left, and he struck the side of that vehicle as he attempted to pass it. Mr. Watts, who was not wearing a seat belt, then traveled off of the roadway, overturned, and struck a utility pole. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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