An 82-year-old man was pronounced dead “within an hour” after a three-vehicle accident on Silver Bluff Road behind South Aiken Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning, according to a spokesman for the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


Capt. Maryann Burgess said on Sunday night that the man was driving a vehicle that hit a stopped minivan head-on, knocking the minivan into a car behind it. She said the man lost control of his vehicle because of a medical emergency. He was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers following the collision.


Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton confirmed that the crash involved a medical emergency and said that the man didn't die of accident-related injuries.


Reached by telephone on Sunday night, Carlton said: “It was a natural death. I don't have the case in my car while I'm driving down the road, but what I can say, is that the man had an extensive medical history.”


Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013.


A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.