Blythewood man ejected from vehicle in Columbia’s latest fatal

jmonk@thestate.comJune 30, 2013 

— The Blythewood man who was killed in a traffic incident over the weekend in Columbia suffered head and body injuries that were fatal, a city police spokeswoman said Sunday.

The man had been dead an estimated 12 to 20 hours before his wrecked vehicle and body was found Saturday, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said.

The body was found some distance from the vehicle, in the 4000 block of Clement Road near Broad River Road. In that area, Clement Road becomes Duke Avenue. The vehicle had left the road, struck a tree and gone down an embankment.

Watts declined Sunday to identify the man Sunday, saying he needed to locate any relatives first, but said he was Hispanic, 33 and possibly from Blythewood.

“If we don’t .find any next of kin today, we will go on and release his name Monday to see if that will help us locate any,” Watts said.

The cause of the wreck appeared to be excessive speed, said Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons. No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash, she said.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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