Autopsy shows wreck victim died of natural causes
Autopsy results revealed an Olar man did not die from a weekend wreck, but rather from a medical issue.
John W. Deer, 62, of Dana Ave., Olar, was pronounced dead on Dec. 9 following an automobile versus tree collision on Highway 64 South near the Bamberg/Barnwell County line, according to Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward. However, his death is not attributed to the wreck.
“The autopsy performed on Mr. Deer revealed that he did not die from any injuries from the collision. His death has been determined to be of natural causes,” said Ward on Dec. 11.
Deer, who was wearing a seatbelt, was traveling north on Highway 64 when he suffered a medical issue. This led him to veer off the road and collide with a tree, said Ward.
Born in Columbia, Deer was the son of the late John Wesley Deer Sr. and Margie Reed Deer. He was a retired engineer with the CSX Railroad. He was a member of Olar First Baptist Church. Deer had coached football, basketball and softball at Jefferson Davis Academy, Barnwell High School and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, according to his obituary on page 7A.
He is survived by two children, Brandon Cody Deer of Florence and Shannon (Andrew) Deer-Smith of Columbia; two grandsons; and a number of other family members.