Deputy killed when patrol car pins him against tree

WALHALLA, SC (WIS) - An Oconee County deputy was killed in a freak accident early Sunday morning when his patrol car pinned him against a tree, according to officials.

The coroner said the accident happened around 1:35am Sunday off Highway 11 North near Walhalla.

Deputy William Frederick Schuck, III, 26, was patrolling a private dirt road when his car became stuck, according to the coroner. Officials think Schuck was examining the car when it rolled forward, pinning him between the front bumper and a tree.

Deputies unsuccessfully tried to reach Schuck by telephone and police radio, and launched a search for Schuck. A state trooper later spotted Shuck around 3:00am.

Coroner Karl E. Addis said Schuck died of traumatic asphyxiation.

WYFF reports Schuck talked to his wife on the phone after his car became stuck but before the accident.

Schuck lived in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and was planning to move to Oconee County with his wife, who is pregnant.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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