Coroner: Man texting before deadly crash
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:47:00 GMT —
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- A coroner says a man who was killed after wrecking his SUV was drunk and texting at the time of the crash and was still holding his cell phone when his body was found.
Anderson County Coroner Don McCown says 22-year-old Charles Dennard was driving home on U.S. 29 on Friday when his 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off the road.
McCown says the driver then lost control and the SUV plowed through a fence and hit some trees before overturning.
The coroner says Dennard sent his last text at 2:47 a.m., but the wreckage of his SUV wasn't found for four hours.
McCown says Dennard's blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent, three times over the legal limit to drive.
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