DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Authorities are investigating a deadly crash that shut down Ashley River Road (Highway 61) near Middleton Place for several hours early Thursday morning.

Officials with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said emergency crews from several agencies responded to a major vehicle collision around 2:30 a.m.

One person was found dead inside a vehicle. There were no other known victims, according to Lt. Rick Carson with the DCSO.

Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers later identified the victim as 20-year-old Malik Antonio Mixon of Summerville.

Coroner Brouthers said Mixon was killed when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. He died at the scene.

Highway 61 near Middleton Place remained shut down until about 10:00 a.m. while the crash was investigated, and a reconstruction of the incident was completed.

The crash is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and Dorchester County Coroner’s Office.

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