A Johns Island man hospitalized Saturday with skull fractures following a brawl on King Street has died from his injuries, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.
Clinton Seymour, 27, died Monday at Medical University Hospital from head trauma, the coroner's office said Tuesday.
A joke prompted the fatal fight, according to Charleston police.
Peter John Dudinyak Jr., 26, of Mount Pleasant, was being held at the Charleston County jail Tuesday on charges of first-degree assault and battery and simple assault.
Seymour and a few friends were walking around 2 a.m. Saturday near King and Morris streets when they made a joke that upset a passing group, according to police.
Dudinyak then "sucker punched" Seymour, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete, an incident report said.
Both groups threw several jabs at one another before three of the men fled the scene in a Lexus, police said. Witnesses managed to take note of the vehicle's license plate number, police said.
A second man was treated for minor injuries at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, police said. Dudinyak was charged in connection with both men's injuries, according to police.
Seymour had recently moved to Johns Island from the Pittsburgh area and bought his first house, his father, Don Seymour, told Pittsburgh's Action 4 News. His friends told the TV station that Seymour didn't drink and was the designated driver the night he was punched.
As of Tuesday afternoon, charges against Dudinyak had not been heightened to reflect Seymour's death.
When asked if charges would be brought against any other people involved in the situation, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis replied, "the investigation is ongoing."
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