Man dies of natural causes while driving on highway

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner's Office says a 70-year-old man died of natural causes while he was driving on a highway in Cross Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say 70-year-old Joel Richardson was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger on Old Highway 6 when the truck ran off the roadway, traveled several hundred feet and struck a tree.

Deputy coroner Darnell Hartwell said there was no indication that Richardson tried to regain control of the truck. A witness reported seeing Richardson slumped over before the vehicle hit the tree.

There was no trauma found on Richardson.

Following an investigation by the coroner's office and the Highway Patrol, Richardson's death was ruled as natural and was not caused by the wreck.

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