A Columbia man died Saturday when the car he was driving ran into a tow truck parked on the shoulder of the road and then into oncoming traffic, according to troopers.
The crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on Claudia Drive near the intersection with Roof Street, not far from Columbia Place Mall, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
The driver of a 2005 Chevrolet sedan was heading east on Claudia Drive when he hit the tow truck and then crossed the center line and ran into a car heading west on Claudia Drive, Lance Cpl. David Jones said. The driver of the other car was not hurt.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office on Sunday identified the driver of the sedan as 25-year-old Eric Jerome Karnickey Jr. of Oakmont Drive in Columbia.
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Karnickey was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The accident remains under investigation by Highway Patrol.