Car crashes into freezing pond in east Sumter late New Year's Eve

Driver hasn't been located

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is reportedly investigating a crash that left a vehicle in a pond and its driver missing in east Sumter in the first hours of 2018.

A car was driving on East Calhoun Street about 1:30 a.m. Monday when it supposedly drove through a stop sign at the intersection with Salterstown Road, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Bell said the vehicle crashed through a fence and slid about 60 feet in a field before sliding into a pond.

"No one resurfaced from the vehicle," he said.

The car was pulled out, but no one was inside, he said, and there was evidence the driver escaped through a window.

With below-freezing temperatures on New Year's Eve, a dive team could not perform search-and-rescue operations, he said.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones could not be reached on Monday, and a report had not been filed on the agency's listen-only messaging system as of press time.