Lancaster man killed in early morning wreck

LANCASTER -- A 29-year-old Lancaster man died in a single-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Around 3 a.m., Jason Shawn Payne of 681 Adams Lane was driving a red 1990 Chevy pickup truck south along S.C. 522 about 9 miles east of Lancaster when the truck ran off the right side of the road, traveled down an embankment and flipped, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Payne, who did not wear a seat belt, was ejected from the truck, Robinson said. Payne died from head and chest injuries, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

An autopsy is not planned, she said.

The wreck, which occurred during clear weather, remains under investigation, officials said.

The posted speed limit for the area is 55 mph, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson. However, officials estimated Payne's speed at 65 mph, Johnson said.

So far this year, 15 people have died in wrecks in Lancaster County, Johnson said. The number in York County is nearly double that, with 28 people dying from injuries related to wrecks on county and local roads. By comparison, 12 people died in Chester County.

As of Thursday, 968 people had died on the state's roads this year, according to the state highway safety office. That's up from 959 people who died on state roads through the same time last year.