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Hilton Head Man Dies in Fording Island Road Crash

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UPDATE: Donald Franklin Billet, 84, of Hilton Head Island, was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident this morning, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.

South Carolina Highway Patrol says the two car crash on Highway 278 in Bluffton, by St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, happened at 9:42 a.m.

According to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly, a 2000 Lexus and a 2005 Dodge collided, killing the driver of the Lexus. Wimberly says the driver was wearing a seat belt. She says the driver of the Dodge was a Bluffton man, who sustained unknown injuries.

The investigation is being handled by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, but sheriff's office spokesperson Sgt. Robin McIntosh says the man who was killed may have had a medical condition which caused him to lose consciousness as he driving.

McIntosh says the man veered across the median and struck another car, colliding head-on.


The Beaufort County Coroner has just arrived on the scene of an accident on Fording Island Road. 

Highway Patrol, Bluffton Police, Bluffton Fire, and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office are also on scene, just near the entrance to St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Little details are confirmed so far, but Capt. Randy Hunter of Bluffton Township Fire Department says multiple people were entrapped in a vehicle.

Stay with WSAV.com for the latest information on this incident.

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