Driver killed in wreck on Delemar Highway in Dorchester County

A driver died in a fiery wreck Wednesday morning on Delemar Highway in Dorchester County.

The narrow stretch of road from Legends Oaks to Ashley Ridge High School has been a source of complaints for several years.

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Jonathan Stewart, 23, of Summerville.

A four-door Hyundai was going south around 6 a.m. when the car went off the left side of the road near Boyle Way, hit a tree and burst into flames, according to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern. The driver was trapped inside and died. Troopers could not immediately determine if the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Community and school leaders have been urging the Department of Transportation to widen the road since the school opened eight years ago. The two-lane road is marked by potholes and patches, with ditches on both sides and no guard rails. Student drivers mix with 18-wheelers.

About 250 vehicles have wrecked on the stretch in the past five years, including a previous fatality, according to the Highway Patrol.

DOT recently said it would study the road but gave no timeline for any improvements.

Dorchester County Councilman Jay Byars started a petition called “Fund and Build Delemar Highway Now” on ipetitions.com.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.