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Coroner-Medical Examiner Gary Watts, Coroner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: GARY WATTS, CORONER
10/13/13 3:18 PM (803)576-1799
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual that died after being struck by two vehicles on Long Town Road in upper Richland County. The individual was struck Friday night, 10-11-2013, around 8:44 P.M. and transported to Palmetto Richland Memorial by EMS, and died around 12:10 A.M. Saturday morning.
Darius E. Brown, DOB, 7-14-1993 308 Arbor Drive, Hartsville, SC, 29550, was apparently running in the roadway when he was struck by the outside mirror of one vehicle that in turn knocked him into the path of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. An autopsy conducted shows that he died from injuries sustained by the collision. The victim was visiting family in town when he went out for a jog.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.
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RICHLANDCOUNTY Coroner – Medical Examiner Gary Watts, Coroner
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual that died after being involved in a motor vehicle collision on Leesburg Road near Congress Road in LowerRichlandCounty. The wreck was a single vehicle incident and happened around 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, 10-08-2013.
Sandra T. Thomas, DOB, 4-19-1967, 1324 Goffman Road, Eastover, SC, 29044 was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle that left the roadway and overturned. The victim was transported by EMS to PalmettoRichlandMemorialHospital and died at 11:06 A.M.
An autopsy conducted today shows that she died from injuries sustained in the crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
Congratulations to the Richland County Coroner’s Office for receiving accreditation from the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. The office was subjected to review of 130 standards including administrative, forensic, investigative and facility. The submission to this process is to ensure that operating policies, procedures and practices are within international guidelines. The Richland County Coroner’s office was awarded the accreditation, and is considered a strategic and progressive model.
The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners announced today that the Richland County Coroner’s Office has received accreditation by the association.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office self submitted to this process for the purpose of ensuring the operating policies, procedures and practices are within international guidelines.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office was subjected to review of 130 standards including administrative, forensic, investigative and facility review. The IAC&ME requires 100% compliance of mandatory standards and 90% of all applicable standards.
The IAC&ME extends its compliments to Richland County for submitting to this level of review. “When an agency elects to subject themselves to this process it clearly indicates their desire to stand to peer review and demonstrates to the public and stakeholders a strong desire to provide excellence in service provision.”
The completion of this process which is for five years indicates a professionalism and compassion by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.
The IAC&ME congratulates the Richland County Coroner’s Office and Coroner Gary Watts, for the diligence in complying with these standards leading the way in service and compassion for those they serve and their community.