BRIEF: Navy corpsman dies after wreck while on leave

By MIKE ELLIS | Anderson Independent Mail, S.C. | Published: March 4, 2014

A U.S. Navy corpsman from California died early Monday morning after a wreck outside Starr, said a coroner.

Julio Sandoval, 21, of Salinas, Calif., was on a 10-day leave and was riding with his Navy buddy, 22-year-old Michael Morrill, said Don McCown, deputy Anderson County coroner.

The two were at a party for Morrill’s mother at an Anderson restaurant, J Peters, McCown said.

The two were stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., he said.

A 2003 Dodge pickup truck driven by Morrill went off the side of Good Hope Church Road around 11 p.m. Sunday. It was about two and a half miles south of Starr, where Morrill’s mother lives, McCown said.

The truck overturned in the wreck. Both men were wearing seat belts, said Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, which is investigating the wreck.

Sandoval was taken by medical helicopter and pronounced dead at AnMed Health Medical Center, Morrill was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is recovering.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck, Rhyne said.


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