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Coroner ID's man killed in West Ashley creek accident; police investigating

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - One person died after his car ran off the road and into a creek next to the Land's End Hotel on Savannah Highway shortly after 8 am Thursday. Commuters driving along Highway 17 saw the car in the water and called police.

A few drivers made their way to the water's edge where they saw a man's body floating in the water. "Five minutes later we saw a body floating in the water. We got a a friend, grabbed something out of the truck and pulled the body towards the shore," said William Gammons.

The coroner later identified the victim as Antonio Lamar Bennet, 34, of North Charleston. Charleston County Coroner says cause of death is drowning.

After the body was pulled to shore, divers searched the water and the submerged car for evidence of other victims, but found nothing. "They have checked the vehicle, no other persons were in the vehicle. Right now it appears he left the roadway and ended up in the water," said Charles Francis of the Charleston Police Department.

Police said the car was reported stolen from North Charleston earlier in the morning, but later revised that statement, saying the tags on the blue Volkswagen were stolen from another vehicle in March, 2009.

Once the car was retrieved from the creek, divers continued their search but police would not comment on what the divers were looking for.

The crash has been ruled an accident for now, according to police.

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