20-year-old charged with felony DUI after fatal crash

akflanagan@thestate.comMarch 7, 2014 

— Columbia Police have arrested a man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident, which resulted in the death of one person.

Benjamin H. Hampton, 20, has been charged with felony DUI with death.

Police said Hampton is accused of being under the influence of alcohol while driving a Chevy Impala in the 500 block of Veterans Road just before 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Interim Chief Ruben Santiago said Hampton was allegedly driving extremely fast, which caused him to leave the road and strike a tree.

The impact occured on the passenger side of the vehicle.

According to Interim Chief Santiago, Hampton and a 17-year-old passenger were removed from the vehicle and taken to the hospital.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the third passenger, who died at the scene, as Davon Bryant, 21, of Columbia.

Coroner Watts said Bryant died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate.

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