A South Carolina man was killed when he was thrown from a vehicle that struck several trees, the coroner said

A South Carolina man was killed late Friday evening when the vehicle he was driving crashed into several trees, the Pickens County Coroner's Office said.

Jonathan Reid Hancock, a 40-year-old Six Mile resident, died in the accident, the coroner's office said.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on Old Seneca Road around 11 p.m., according to Cpl. David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Hancock was heading north in a 2003 Volkswagen when the vehicle went off the right side of Old Seneca Road near the Oconee County line, Jones said.

The vehicle crashed into several trees and Hancock, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected, according to the coroner's office.

Hancock died at the scene, Jones said.

No other injuries were reported.

There is no information available as to why the Volkswagen left the road, but the accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol and the coroner's office.

As of Thursday, 306 people have died on South Carolina roads in 2024, according to the state Department of Public Safety. According to DPS, 1,030 people died in crashes in South Carolina last year.

At least six people have died in accidents in Pickens County in 2024, according to the DPS. According to DPS, 18 deaths were reported in the county in 2023.

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