Crime & Courts

Coroner identifies driver who was ejected and killed in crash near Rosewood Drive

One person was killed in a crash at Superior Street and Rosewood Drive Sunday morning.
One person was killed in a crash at Superior Street and Rosewood Drive Sunday morning.

One person was killed in a crash near Rosewood Drive Sunday morning, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened after 7 a.m. on Superior Street, Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Columbia Police officers attempted to pull over the driver, but he escaped from them before crashing, the department posted on Twitter.

Police have not said why officers were attempting to stop the car.

The Ford Crown Victoria was traveling west on Superior Street when the car hit a small curb in the median, causing the driver to lose control, Collins said. The car hit a retaining wall and overturned. The driver was ejected and killed, Collins said.

The driver was identified as Anthony L. Harris, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release.

The 46-year-old Columbia resident was taken to a Richland County hospital where he died just after 7:30 a.m., according to the news release.

Harris’ cause of death is expected to be determined following an autopsy, which has been scheduled for Monday, Watts said.

Along with the coroner, highway patrol is leading the investigation, at the request of the Columbia Police Department, according to a police tweet.

The Crown Victoria was still in the middle of Rosewood Drive nearly two hours after the crash, with pieces of the car scattered around. A dozen or so state Highway Patrol and Columbia police cars were parked around the scene, and a Columbia police K-9 was seen sniffing around the roadway next to the University of South Carolina track and field facility.

Two other Columbia police cars were seen down Superior Street at a U-HAUL dealer, with yellow crime scene tape across the roadway.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.