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Driver killed when car catches fire identified

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A Hilton Head man is killed when his VW catches fire on Wednesday morning. (Source: Island Packet) A Hilton Head man is killed when his VW catches fire on Wednesday morning. (Source: Island Packet)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A Hilton Head Island man died Wednesday morning after his car caught on fire.

It happened at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday on Cross Island Parkway the driver of 2012 Volkswagen died inside of vehicle, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Beaufort County Coroner told WTOC that Douglas Parker, 72, died in the VW when it caught fire on the Cross Island Parkway.

Parker was headed west on Cross Island Parkway. The vehicle struck debris on roadway, which was believed to have hit the gas tank and tire, according to the SCHP. Parker kept driving through the toll booth, did a U-turn and headed eastbound, according to SCHP. He was pulling over to the side of the road, and people were trying to help him, but it was too engulfed in flames and he died.

It's not yet known when the vehicle caught fire. SCHP doesn't know why Parker continued driving.

According to Beaufort County Cornorer Ed Allen, the body is being sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy.

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