Victim in fatal IOP Connector crash identified

Victim in fatal IOP Connector crash identified

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner released the name of the victim in a fatal accident that shut down traffic on the Isle of Palms Connector in the area of Rifle Range Road Thursday morning.

According to the coroner's office, Bret Cooper, 24, of Isle of Palms, died at the scene of the accident.

Police responded at 7:39 a.m. to a report of a accident involving a vehicle and a road grader. The car Cooper was driving struck the construction vehicle head-on, according to Mount Pleasant Inspector Chip Googe.

The road grader was not performing any construction at the time of the crash, Googe said.

The side of the Connector going into the Isle of Palms was shut down for several hours following the crash as the Mount Pleasant Traffic Bureau attempted to reconstruct the incident and determine a cause.

The investigation is ongoing.

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