SENECA, S.C. — A 79-year-old South Carolina man was found dead in a vehicle that was overturned and partially submerged in a swampy area.

News outlets report Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Thomas Lowell Loesch was found Monday morning in his car, which had veered off the road and overturned into a small creek.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash is believed to have occurred Sunday between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Loesch’s body was found by a passer-by just before 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Addis said Loesch died at the scene from a broken neck, with water immersion functioning as a contributing factor.

The death has been ruled accidental.

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