Coroner identifies man killed after pickup hit uprooted tree

RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed early Tuesday after his pickup crashed into an uprooted tree laying across Highway 176 in Ridgeville.

Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the victim as 34-year-old Gregory President, of Ridgeville.  He was pronounced dead at the scene from traumatic injuries to his head and body.

The wreck happened around 4:45 a.m. on Highway 176, also known as State Road, near the intersection of Mudville Road.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said strong wind apparently uprooted a large tree, which fell into the road.

President, in his Chevrolet S-10 pickup, and a Summerville woman, driving a Honda CRV, were traveling in opposite directions when both crashed into the tree within minutes of each other.

The woman in the SUV was taken to Medical University of South Carolina.

Minutes later, a Pine Ridge Fire Department pickup truck backed into a car. The damage was very minor and no injuries occurred. No charges have been filed in that collision.

The Department of Transportation came in to remove the tree from the roadway.

The road was shut down for about 3 hours while crews cleared the scene and state troopers investigated the crash.

All three crashes are still under investigation.

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