A Columbia teenager “unlawfully” stepped into the roadway Saturday morning and was struck by an SUV on Hardscrabble Road near Dolly Street, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.
Identified by Richland County coroner Gary Watts as Tyshon Townsend, the 17-year-old was struck about 5 miles from his home on Wilkinson Drive at 9:05 a.m. He died at Palmetto Health Richland hospital at 10:31 a.m., Watts said.
Townsend died from blunt force trauma to the body according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, who performed an autopsy Sunday.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate.