Traffic collision, death investigation

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On June 2 at approximately 9:46 p.m., the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a vehicle fire at the corner of Seacoast Parkway and Shoals Drive.

According to a memo sent to the media by Inspector Chip Googe, Public Information Officer/Accreditation Manager, Mount Pleasant Police Department, “When officers arrived they found that a white SUV had collided with a pile of rocks and was completely engulfed in flames.”

“The Mount Pleasant Fire Department arrived and extinguished the flames which allowed officers to see inside the vehicle. Officers found that it was occupied by one person so the Charleston County Coroner's Office was notified and responded to the scene. This incident is still under investigation,” the memo said.

According to the incident report, an officer was called to the scene by a concerned citizen.

When the officer arrived, the vehicle was completely engulfed, positioned 10 feet on the other side of a rock pile about five-feet high.

The officer ran to the car to see if there were any occupants, the incident report said. The car doors were shut and extremely hot to the touch.

Because of the intensity of the flames the officer could not positively identify whether anyone was in the vehicle.

He did not see any point of trajectory from the front windshield either, the report indicates.

The officer attempted to break the back window using his baton and a large rock to no avail.

Within five minutes, fire units arrived on the scene to put out the fire.

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