Coroner identifies woman killed after SUV hit tree on Hwy 61

The SUV wedged in the trees.
The SUV wedged in the trees.

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Coroner's Office has identified the woman killed after crashing her SUV into a tree on Highway 61 near Middleton Place on Monday morning.

Coroner Chris Nisbet says 52-year-old Debra Howell Bailey was driving in the 4900 block of Ashley River Road when she ran off the road and hit a tree, which then caught fire.

Nisbet said witnesses pulled her from the burning wreckage, but she died shortly thereafter.  The actual cause of death will not be determined until the autopsy, Nisbet added.

Authorities say the collision happened around 9:30 a.m.

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