Dental records help identify wreck victims

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PENDLETON — Dental records helped to identify a woman and a 3-year-old who were killed in a Sunday morning car wreck in Pendleton, a coroner said Monday.

Four people were in the car that caught fire after running off the road and hitting a tree, according to a South Carolina Highway Patrol account of the accident.

Two of the bodies inside the car were burned severely, requiring extra steps to determine their identity.

April Michelle Bowen, 32, of Anderson, and 3-year-old William Ray Woods were positively identified Monday, Boseman said.

The 3-year-old was strapped into a child seat in the rear of the car and Bowen was a passenger in the car, the coroner said.

Both died of blunt force trauma, said Chief Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman.

Another victim of the wreck, Anthony Blake Capell, 26, of Anderson, was a passenger and was thrown from the car, Boseman said. Capell’s body was identified Sunday. He died of blunt force trauma, Boseman said.

The fourth person in the car, Meagan Woods, 32, was severely injured in the accident and was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. She was listed as being in critical condition as of Sunday night, a spokeswoman said.

On Monday, Meagan Woods was listed as a confidential patient so no update could be given about her medical status, said Barclay Bishop, spokeswoman for the Doctors Hospital of Augusta.

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