Richland County Coroner Identifies 45-Year-Old Columbia Man Killed in Hit-And-Run

Law enforcement officers continue to search for the driver who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Sunday morning.

The accident claimed the life of 45-year-old Clyde H. Thompson Jr. who was walking along Interstate 77. The interstate was blocked for several hours as a result.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the vehicle hit Thompson and then drove away.

Thompson died at the scene, and according to the coroner’s office, an autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma.

Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. at the 8-mile marker of I-77.

Highway Patrol said the vehicle involved in the accident is a red Chevrolet, Cadillac or GMC pickup truck or SUV.  It has damage to its front end around the headlight on the driver’s side.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision and no other injuries were reported.

Highway Patrol and the coroner’s office will continue to investigate.

South Carolina has been named as one of the most dangerous places in the country for drivers.

A new study by non-profit Go Safe Labs singled out Columbia in particular.

Statistics showed that the intersection at Two Notch Road (U.S. 1) and Trenholm Road Extension was a major problem area.

One hundred and thirty-five collisions were reported at that Columbia intersection between 2018 through 2019. That’s the sixth-highest number of crashes at any one location.

Several restaurants, hotels and other businesses are located near the junction.

The other three dangerous South Carolina spots are all in Greenville. One of those areas was named the most dangerous spot in the US with 404 crashes.

If you suffered lost a loved one in a car crash, reach out to Greenville car accident lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation.