Fatalities on busy roads in Columbia, SC: Highway Patrol


Two people were killed overnight in separate crashes on roads in Richland County, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The soldiers are looking for the driver who struck a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident, the second of the two wrecks.

The crash happened at around 11:10 p.m. on Two Notch Road, near the intersection with Nates Road, according to Sgt. Sonny Collins. It is near the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 77.

An unknown vehicle was heading north on Two Notch Road when it struck a pedestrian on the road and then drove off without stopping, Collins said.

The pedestrian is deceased and should be publicly identified by the Richland County Coroner’s Office after informing the next of kin.

Anyone with driver or collision information is asked to call the Highway Patrol at 803-896-9621 or 800-768-1501, or submit a tip to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit advice online. Tips can also be texted to * HP.

Another deadly wreck unrelated to Columbia was reported about five hours earlier.

At around 6 p.m., one person was killed in a collision between three vehicles near the intersection of Hard Scrabble and Bush roads, according to Collins. It is in the Sandhills area, near Clemson Road.

A 2011 Infiniti 4-door heading north on Hard Scrabble Road swerved to the right side of the road and rolled over, Collins said. During the sinking, the Infiniti struck a 2004 Toyota Highlander and a 2007 Honda Accord which were stopped in a private driveway on Magnolia Pointe, according to Collins.

The person driving the Infiniti is deceased, and it is not known that the driver was wearing a seat belt, Collins said.

The coroner’s office should publicly identify the driver after notifying the next of kin.

No other injuries were reported.

Information on the cause of the Infiniti’s off-road was not available, but Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

Until Wednesday afternoon, 963 people have died on the roads of South Carolina in 2021, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Security.

At least 56 people were killed in crashes in Richland County in 2021, reported the DPS.

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This story was originally published November 18, 2021 8:16 a.m.

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