Crime & Courts

Woman left at hospital dies, man who dropped her off charged with playing a role

A woman shot in the head was placed in a wheel chair and left at a Columbia hospital by her boyfriend, authorities said Friday.

Mayra Sanchez, 20, died at Palmetto Health Richland after being shot some time between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., Wednesday, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Sanchez was treated for about two hours and was declared dead at 6:14 a.m., Watts said.

Sanchez’ boyfriend – identified as Albertus Lewis, 24 – has been arrested by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on charges of obstruction of justice. Additional charges will be filed against Lewis by the Columbia Police Department, the sheriff’s department said.

Lewis is accused of driving Sanchez to the hospital, placing her in a wheel chair and leaving her there before fleeing, said Sgt. Brittany Jackamonis, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. He is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Sheriff Leon Lott said investigators are following up on tips but need more information. Anyone who can help is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Sanchez’ family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her funeral.

Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan