Lexington Co. coroner still recuperating from crash, aide says

tflach@thestate.comApril 2, 2013 

Harry Harman

HANDOUT — Special to The State

— Lexington County coroner Harry Harman is receiving physical therapy while recovering at a care facility from injuries suffered in a Feb. 23 traffic accident, his top aide said Tuesday.

“He’s chomping at the bit to get out,” chief deputy coroner Randy Martin said.

Harman celebrated his 78th birthday Saturday while undergoing therapy.

He started receiving it in mid-March, Martin said.

It’s uncertain when Harman will finish therapy and return to work, but he confers with staff most days about office operations, Martin said.

Martin declined to specify the type of injuries that Harman suffered, but such therapy normally is given for bone and muscle damage.

Harman was injured after his vehicle struck a parked tractor-trailer in fog near Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

No traffic ticket was issued in the crash, according to report by a state Highway Patrol troopers who investigated the accident.

Harman was driving alone on Air Commerce Drive when the crash happened, according to the report.

The accident occurred due to poor visibility when Harman’s car left the road in early evening, the report says.

Harman has said he was returning from a visit at a funeral home.

Investigators estimate Harman’s SUV was going 35 miles per hour when the crash occurred. Damage to the trailer is estimated at $6,500, the report said.

The driver’s side of the car was caved in due to the impact with a corner of the trailer, photos accompanying the report show.

Troopers say Harman, who wore a seat belt, was extracted from his vehicle and taken to Palmetto Health Richland for medical care.

Harman, a Republican first elected in 1976, fended off a major re-election challenge last year in which foes raised questions about his performance due to other health problems.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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