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Car on fire in Lexington County.(Photo Credit: Terry Ward/Cola Daily)

The identity of a 49-year-old man who died after being struck by a driver on Leesburg Road at Newell Road, in Richland County, has been released.

County Coroner Naida Rutherford announced on Monday that the victim is identified as Donald D. Wheeler Jr., of Columbia, SC.

“We are working with the Columbia Police Department to fully investigate this accident,” Rutherford said. “I have personally spoken with the family, and this tragic accident is truly one that will take time for them to process. Our thoughts are with them through this time.”

According to officials, the accident occurred Sunday at 3 a.m. Wheeler died after the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames.

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