Columbia Police: 54-Year-Old Man Dies After Hit and Run

COLUMBIA, SC - (WLTX) -- One man was found lying in the road after being struck by a vehicle just after midnight, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Officers say they found the 54-year-old man in the 1400 block of Barnwell Street with severe injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says John Cantey of Allen Benedict Court died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest. 

Investigators say an unknown vehicle was traveling south on Barnwell Street and hit the man who was unlawfully in the road. Officers are checking to see if there is surveillance video of the incident. 

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is working with the Columbia Police Department on this investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click the red "Submit a tip" tab. 


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