MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - The coroner's office has identified a 23-year-old man who died when an SUV struck a pile of rocks in Mount Pleasant Monday night.
Authorities say Ernest Bacon of Mount Pleasant died of blunt force trauma.
At 9:46 p.m., officers were called to the corner of Seacoast Parkway and Shoals Drive and found a white SUV completely engulfed in flames.
Because of the intensity of the flames, the responding officer could not initially determine whether anyone was inside the vehicle and all of the doors to the vehicle were hot to the touch, the incident report states.
The responding officer stated could not see into the vehicle through the rear of the cab because it had dark tinted windows, and grabbed a rock and smashed through the right rear window but could still not see inside because of the thick black smoke from the fire.
Six minutes after the officer arrived on scene, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department arrived and put out the fire, and police discovered one victim inside the vehicle and notified the coroner, the report states.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.