Melvin Howe Jr., 62, of Pendleton was fatally injured in a single vehicle accident around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The accident happened about eight miles south of Liberty on SC Hwy. 88 near Baugh Road. in Anderson County. According to reports, Howe was heading home from the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Greenville when the accident happened.
According to SC Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, Howe’s SUV was traveling west on SC Hwy 88 when it went off the left side of the troad and struck a tree. Howe was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anderson County Coroner Gerg Shore said an autopsy may be performed to determine if nedical factors contributed to the accident. According to Shore, Howe had heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
Walker-McElmoyle Fire Department and Three and Twenty Fire Department along with Pelzer EMS responded.