Upstate man runs from wreck, dies from hypothermia

An Upstate creek. (Source: WYFF)
An Upstate creek. (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A man who was involved in a minor wreck and flagged down help before running away was found dead of hypothermia in a nearby driveway the next morning, according to the coroner's office.

Greenville County Deputy Coroner Barry Wright said that at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle hit a guide wire from a utility pole at the intersection of Hollywood Drive and Anderson Road.

Wright said the man who wrecked the vehicle then flagged down another car and attempted to get into that car. When the driver of the flagged down car questioned the man, that man took off running.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office unsuccessfully searched for the man, Wright said.

Wright said at 7:45 a.m. Monday, the man who ran was found dead in the driveway of a home on Hollywood Drive, about a quarter of a mile from where his accident took place.

There were no signs of trauma and no indication of disease, Wright said. He said the man had a core body temperature of 50 degrees, and died of hypothermia.

Wright said the man had been in the woods and a creek, and some of his clothing was found in the creek. Hypothermia victims are known to sometimes feel hot, causing them to remove clothing.

Wright said the man has been identified as 34-year-old Stuart Lamount McDowell of Greenville.

He said McDowell was not wanted for any crimes, had no outstanding warrants and was not driving under suspension, so at this time there is nothing to explain why he ran.