Coroner: Teen dies, thrown from truck bed in Walmart parking lot

SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) – The Oconee County coroner says 16-year-old Levi Lynn Pinion of Walhalla died after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck early Saturday morning.

This happened in the Walmart parking lot off Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca, around 2:40 a.m.

Trooper Joe Hovis with the SC Highway Patrol says a 15-year-old was driving the pickup truck when Pinion was ejected from the truck bed, and suffered a head injury.

The coroner says Pinion died at Oconee Memorial Hospital about an hour later.

Highway patrol says charges are pending. An autopsy on Pinion is scheduled for Sunday.

Our crew at the scene noticed large circles left from tire marks toward the rear of the parking lot Saturday morning.  It is unclear if those marks are connected to the investigation.

The area is under surveillance, according to signs throughout the parking lot.

Pinion was a student at Walhalla High School, according to a memorial page.

To view the memorial page, click here.

Walmart parking lot Saturday morning

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