Beaufort man killed in Trask Parkway crash

From staff reports

The Burton Fire District and Beaufort County EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash on Trask Parkway late Monday evening that resulted in fatal injuries to the elderly male driver.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Burton firefighters and County EMS personnel responded to a reported motor vehicle collision on Trask Parkway by Fiddlerville Cove Road.

According to Burton Fire District release, when emergency crews arrived on scene, there was a single vehicle – a heavily damaged pickup truck – off the roadway, which appeared to have rolled over multiple times.

The elderly male driver, Leavin “Jack” Jackson, 75, of Beaufort, was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:38 p.m., according to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott.

According to the Burton Fire District, Jackson did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt.

A forensic autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, according to Ott, “to determine if (Jackson) may have had a medical-related event that caused the accident, or if he died because of the accident.”

Emergency crews searched the surrounding area for more possible victims but found none. Firefighters remained on scene for longer than 90 minutes searching the area and securing hazards.

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