The driver of a car that crashed into a light pole on Spanish Wells Road before plunging into Jarvis Creek early Sunday later called law enforcement to say he had been run off the road, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.
The Sheriff's Office Dive Team, the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division and Palmetto Electric were called out to the 3 a.m. crash when a silver vehicle was found "fully submerged" in the marsh, the report said. A utility pole was severely damaged and hanging over the road. However, no one was found inside the car or nearby, the report said.
The owner and driver later called the Beaufort County Dispatch Center claiming another vehicle had rear-ended him, forcing his car into water. A tow-truck operator, however, reported he witnessed the vehicle driving at a high-rate of speed and into the marsh while passing by. Deputies also did not find damage to the back of the vehicle after it was towed from the marsh consistent with a crash, the report said.
Palmetto Electric and the S.C. Department of Transportation are tallying up the damage, the report said. The driver has not been charged or cited with a crime.