Flood death: Woman dies when SUV washes off Columbia street

A woman, whose SUV was washed off Sunset Drive in Columbia, appears to be the city’s first fatality of the Sunday deluge.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said authorities were able to retrieve the woman's body from her car in midafternoon.

She had been inside the SUV since about 10:30 a.m., but first responders had been unable to get to her for hours, he said.

The vehicle was about 150 feet to 250 feet off Sunset between North Main Street and the SC 277 overpass, Watts said.

He has not released her identity and an autopsy is to be conducted, the coroner said.