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October 19, 2010

Involuntary manslaughter now the charge in road rage case

Curtis Simms has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the road rage incident that happened just after the Oct. 9 USC-Alabama game.

Curtis Simms has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the road rage incident that happened just after the Oct. 9 USC-Alabama game.

Simms, 25, of Columbia, was a passenger in a truck of football fans traveling on Shop Road near USC’s stadium. Simms got into an argument with Allen Gasque, 20, of Marion County, who was a passenger in another truck carrying fans, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Leon Lott said that after several verbal exchanges, Simms and Gasque got out of the trucks. Simms then punched Gasque in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, the sheriff said.

Gasque was killed after the driver of the truck he had been in attempted to pull over to the side of the road and inadvertently ran over him. He was pronounced dead at Palmetto Richland hospital. No charges have been filed against the driver.

The incident happened at the intersection of Shop Road and George Rogers Boulevard, a block from Williams-Brice stadium. It took place just a little over an hour after the game ended around 7:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up as fans left the stadium slowly after the Gamecock win.

Simms was initially charged with aggressive breach of the peace.

He turned himself in and is being held at the Alvin Glenn Detention Center.

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