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Rock Hill motorist dies in 1-car crash

A 22-year-old Rock Hill man died early Thursday after his vehicle collided with a utility pole, authorities said.

Dorian Hakem Crawford of 1036 Stoneybrook Lane died from injuries received during the single-vehicle accident, said York County interim Coroner Sabrina Gast.

A toxicology test is planned; however, officials have not determined if an autopsy will be completed, Gast said.

At about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, officers spotted a 2002 red Ford Focus station wagon speeding west along Saluda Street in the direction of Heckle Boulevard, said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department.

A police report states that Crawford traveled at a high rate of speed on Saluda Street, attempted a left turn onto Summit Street and lost control of the station wagon.

"The officers later found it at the intersection of Saluda and Summit streets, where it collided with a utility pole," Waldrop said.

Crawford was breathing but unresponsive. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the report.

Crawford was not wearing a seat belt, the report notes.

The posted speed limit for the area is 35 mph, Waldrop said. Speed and recklessness were contributing factors in the wreck, he said.

Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the S.C. Highway Patrol said York County is among the top five counties for traffic fatalities so far this year.

"In the last 31 days, six people have lost their lives on York County roads," Johnson said. "A year ago, we had no fatalities (at this point)."

To date, 61 people have died on state roads -- 18 fewer than at the same point last year, Johnson said.

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