COLUMBIA, SC — The speeding driver who died in a car crash Wednesday night in the Garner’s Ferry area has been identified.
Marcos Reyes, 25, ran a red light at Cross Hill Road and Devine Street and crashed into another vehicle legally travelling through the intersection. The two passengers in Reyes’ 1996 Ford Explorer were taken to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital; Reyes died at the scene, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
The crash resulted in a series of impacts that involved yet another vehicle and a large metal utility pole, Columbia police said early Thursday.
After running the red light and striking a vehicle traveling west on Devine Street, the speeding driver’s vehicle, “went airborne and slid across all traffic lanes of Devine Street,,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.
The speeding driver’s vehicle than struck a large metal utility pole and overturned numerous times, coming to rest on its top.
Although that driver died in the crash, a passenger in his vehicle was thrown clear and survived, albeit with serious injuries. The passenger was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition at this time is unknown, Timmons said.
The crash took place across from the new Whole Foods shopping center, a triangular, well-traveled intersection where Fort Jackson Boulevard and Cross Hill Road intersect with Devine Street. The speeding driver was coming south on Cross Hill Road toward Devine Street and struck the vehicle traveling west, or toward downtown, on Devine.
During the incident, the car legally travelling through the Devine Street intersection struck another car due to the force of being struck. Both drivers of these vehicles were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The incident happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday. It took several hours for police to clear the road of debris. Columbia police continue to investigate. More information will be available later Thursday.
Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344