LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman has died after more than three decades in office. He was 79.

Janice Summers with Caughman-Harman Funeral Home says Harman died Friday.

First elected in 1977, the longtime coroner had been in a care facility for a little over a year following a February 2013 car accident.

Authorities said that Harman had to be cut out of the wreckage of his SUV after it slammed into a parked tractor-trailer on a foggy roadway near Columbia Metro Airport.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.